the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...


rank desert surrounded by rugged mountains
sandstone and rhyolite laden
a treasure house of plants and animals
that have learnt the art of surviving
harsh temperatures and lack of rainfall
a home to majestic organ pipe cacti
magnific backdrop against which we see
humanity crossing from Mexico
into the Promised Land
not of the Biblical kind but of neon satyrs
empty milk jugs used to carry water
line the dusty passage
discarded cans of food abandoned clothes
soiled toilet paper tossed along dry washes
trek by night and sleep by day in temperatures
scaling 118 degrees
wilderness riders out in the backcountry
in search of a job and better life

heaving contest between thunder and parched land
finally the thunder wins and the desert sand gets
torrential rain the cacti that soaks in all the water
crumbles due to its own weight
species of reptiles come out
of hibernation only to mate
ants go down fighting but not before they have
shot at the lizard's eyes

this ecosystem is a marvel
Sanoran in West Arizona
a microcosm of life

( 4 November, 2002 )