Above the canyon’s rim,
the eagle soars in circles
and I grasp onto its wings,
dizzy with the apprehension of flight.

The creek falls straight down,
drawn with the aid of a ruler,
and I am a droplet evaporated
into mist as I plummet.

The walls are ironed faces,
and when I launch from my mouth
and ricochet between them
shouting, Here there is beauty,
they echo back, But also terror.

Matthew J. Andrews

Matthew J. Andrews is a private investigator and writer whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Orange Blossom Review, Funicular Magazine, and EcoTheo Review, among others. His debut chapbook, "I Close My Eyes and I Almost Remember", is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He can be contacted at