Poems


Empty of Desire


The desert quail’s cry ached of unmet need and unfulfilled longing. Looking over the cactus-lined canyon, they sat on adjacent rock outcroppings and watched the sun set behind the blooming ocotillo branches. Finding comfort in each other’s presence, the hiker spoke of peace fully realized,...

The Now


It had been within her all along. Nothing could be lost, nothing need be gained. Infinitely full, a bounty proclaiming her soul’s now, the recognition delighted her. And the now delighted her in return.

Dawning


She was drawn to the center of the valley, where the night’s coolness lingered at sunrise. The sun lifted above the surrounding mountain peaks, silhouetting the hikers perched on bouldered precipices. Grounding herself into the concave depression, she closed her eyes as the others marveled...

Levitate


I mistook the runway for a highway. The wildflower-lined median disappeared beneath me as I took flight, rising with the hawks in the thermal columns. Lush turned to arid, jade turned to ochre, horizontal turned to skyward, until at last an oasis appeared. Drifting earthbound,...

Salty Water


I came to the shore with a shovel and opened the sand at high tide. Once there was enough room, I climbed into the makeshift bathtub and waited for the waves to reach me. Crashing they arrived in rhythm, cycles of growth rolling over the...

Dazzling Reflection


Worthiness fell on my head in heavy droplets, cascading down my body in sheets of anointing glaze. The crowd was oblivious, but my skin was absorbing the luxurious liquid, seeping in through my pores as I spoke.  Fully saturated when the silence arrived, I thanked...