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Called "Tse Bida' hi" (Rock with Wings) by the Navajo people, Shiprock is a 1700-foot high rock pillar, the eroded core of an ancient volcano. It is several miles west of Highway 666 in northwestern New Mexico. The Navajo have three legends to explain the origin of this landmark, considered by them to be sacred. Whatever the case, it is truly a majestic sight, especially seen up close. This poem is an attempt to express my own feelings as I visited this spot.

Naught but earth, sky, rock and I
No sound but wind
Great is the sky, Small am I
Clothed, yet naked and exposed
This is sacred ground.

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