West of Jordan

Have you been there? West of Jordan.  East of Jerusalem. South of Jericho.

Did you swim in the salty waters or climb the winding Snake Path? Did your eyes squint in the sun as you gazed from atop the fortress plateau to the red mountains across the sea? Or gasp for air as your heart pounds eigthnotes to the beat of your slugish footsteps up the rocky stairway?

Have you seen the rains come down
the mountains, carving trenches in the soil as their streams descend to the sea.  It is still saline.

They were right. It is dead.  But it is beautiful. 

Climbing down is best in the morning.