Bernal, New Mexico
No one's in the orchard or near the windmill,
not a soul in sight, just wind, wrapping around
the barn and across the ranch.
But, there in the low adobe bunker of a house,
spirits in the back room wondered—
who were these Anglos buying up family land?
After all our years and tears, all our cooking, canning,
and praying, these easterners unpack crates
of godless thoughts and rename our land.
Freedom's Gate, they called it. Rancho Diablo,
my sister called it, but then,
she had to sleep in that back room.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
My car pointed south
as a dousing stick aimed
toward you, water,
any water, water distanced
1,963 miles away.
I did not understand
how much I desired you,
longed for you, parched
and pined for you, withering
in my landlocked dehydration.
Water, I required the smell of you,
to be in you—lie next to you,
and hear your breath of ages
lap my shores.
A bird's nest
curled and coated
with the standard bearers,
frivolous Lemon and common Basil.
Lolling on top,
are fat, sleek mushrooms,
showing their petticoat
and you can hear,
Lemon singing "Rigoletto"
and Basil (the peasant chorus)
La-La-La-ing from the sidelines.