A stone giant walked out of a granite mountain.
He strode Montgomery heading downhill.
His footprints remained in the asphalt.

The earth trembled with each step.

The stone giant squeezed the Rio Grande in his fists
then lifted it to a new bed
and in places separated the river’s channels.

The giant repositioned cottonwoods
and returned the way he came
steeping through the rock without a door.

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