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Artist Mahaffey, Merrill
Title WESTERN PLAINS RAIN
Date 1971
Medium acrylic on canvas
Culture American; b. New Mexico
Catalog Number 1971.5
Collection Contemporary Art Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Purchase Award, 21st Annual Tucson Festival Exhibition
Didactic Information Deep Canyon Morning, 1984

after a landscape by Merrill Mahaffey

Take the vibrate hues
of the morning and
cast them weaving and wheeling
among the shadows of the rim
coursing through Colorado swells
that somersault boulders
twisting and turning with the vultures
calling out with the echoes of John Wesley Powell
crumbling in the erosion
or immortalized as fossils
stitching crevices up and down the walls
pausing at a historical lemonade stand
jawing with a mule-skinner
hiking the long miles up

Try and contain them in a canyon.

Elisabeth Lakavage