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Drought

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song
 
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shimmering heat waves
rising in the wilderness—
spirits cry as gulls
 
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just before sundown
scanning the sky for rainclouds—
even foxes pant

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Small Consolations

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in a field of maize
southward seven miles or more
three marauding crows
 
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puzzling over why
the brown donkey at daybreak
still sleeps in the straw
 
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a Kansas farmer
still leaning into the wind
after forty years
 
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planting a garden
twenty years in the same place—
corn pollen poems
 
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a famished people
looking to depleted soil
for their daily bread
 
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a strand of brown hair
the width of a dying breath
caught in the wren’s mouth
 
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an open Bible
warning of the pestilence
that lurks at noonday
 
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her longing to be
a mystic on the mountain—
no more scrubbing floors
 
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her feeble attempts
to stay her wandering feet—
one more trip to Rome
 
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hollow promises—
tongues clattering empty vows
on their wedding day
 
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purple rebozo—
trying to ward off the chill
after the bad news
 
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on the pilgrim way
consolation of ravens
and comfort of stones

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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