A weathered statue of the Virgin Mary, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
Mourning dove, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
A song rising from the wheat stubble
makes air and light and worm take note.
The iron door of the silo clangs
in time with the music.
By order of an unseen conductor
the song on which your life and
mine hinge will never be over—
it goes on forever.
It blows in the wind,
it floats in the water,
it glows in the stars.
Kick the song ahead of you,
kick it into the mist and spume,
even though you are shaking,
and three women spinning yarn
are laughing at you.
Kick the song of ruin,
kick it over the boat
where the grey-headed vagrant
slips into sleep
under the spell of opioids.
Kick the song out of the way,
so that no one ever hears it again.
Do not be afraid.
A gravel road at sunrise, Yuma County, Arizona
August sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
Palo verde tree just before sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California