Following "a syntax of splits and ruptures" opening "into a series of faults," a backhoe's beeper growls
through the canyon's silence. Discovering fresh water below, plants are ripped out, trails bulldozed into

roads, old water pumps capped, new shafts sunk. Snaked over thirsty rocks, plastic pipe is wed to rusty
iron pipe; a leaky joint where animals came to drink will be stanched a few weeks later.

After the machinery has gone and wild green life has also disappeared, what remains is "hard," because,
Proteus become the changeability of form, become a mockery of form. All relations a web of endless intricate
relations, and
consciousness is before and after.