Death Valley Dreaming by Laura Smith-Riva

The wind howls across the spine of shale and abraded
rock ridgelines where Sentinels stand tall in the twilight,
Gods watching the story of the desert night unfold.
I reach out and touch the lovingly placed stone
whose countenance reminds me of home fires,
moonlit snow crunching beneath my beloved’s footstep.

Am I too safe, too protected in the womb of this slumbering
mountain? Who am I? Bared bones, desert dry skin, with wild hair, blue dress dancing, voice lifted in song:

Sister Wind, Brother Stone…marry me home…

Reeling starlight peeks through the crevice doorway straight
into my broken heart. It shines coolly down on the desert washes
where hours ago I wandered in the blazing sun collecting
fossils and dreaming of discovering the crescent moon
curve of the magnificent Big Horn sheep, fallen among the
shattered rocks, creosote scrub and red fruited desert holly.

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