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.

Aphrodite Rises

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After early summer rain

high desert

gifts us with sweet scent –

wet ground soaks in precious minerals

brings relief from drought,

relentless fire,

parching west wind.

For a brief moment

blazing sun star sleeps.

Long dormant,

wildflowers

rise from the dead

sprouting with tumbleweeds!

Smudged gray sky

provides a canvas

against which a multitude

of greens shiver and shine

–sage leaves are brushed by silver.

Saturated ground bleeds deep red.

An invitation to walk down

chert lined paths that are soaked

in primrose, saltbush,

bursting with crimson

cactus cups.

I can’t breath deeply enough.

Moist air is Aphrodite,

Goddess of Love and Beauty

bringing cracked Earth to life.

The gift of rain is her Grace

falling from cloud soft sky.

Watch for her as

She Rises…