A Moment of Renewal

(author’s front yard with Russian Olive tree)

 

A brief desert rain

quenches the fire.

The fierce white heat

(of a perpetually burning star)

is momentarily overshadowed

when the Cloud People pass by.

This sky blessing leaves

each Russian olive luminous.

Wild grasses spring to life.

Fragrant Datura spirals unfurl.

Impossible lavender edges

and white moon centers

open hearts to the hawk moth…

When I step outside inhaling

sweet moisture laden

air I feel softer, more pliant

like the feathery stems bowing

low from the recent deluge.

Juniper wafts her scent my way.

Wildflowers stalks deepen their color –

iridescent emerald opens wide

eyes grown dim

from scorching sun rays.

Every plant and tree

expresses deep gratitude

for this gift from the sky people

each in her own way.

And I am thankful to be

‘Plant Woman’ participating

in this moment of Earth renewal,

for the Gift of Water

has healed my Beloved –

this Dry Cracked Land.