Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Highway 70, Mile Marker 268 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 268

Raven
throws himself off the mountain.

Down is his way out.



Monday, September 24, 2018

AUTUMN RAIN 



The rain doesn't
understand

anything --
not vapor,

not liquid,
not solid.

Not rivers
which make lakes

and oceans,
not the lakes

and oceans.
The rain doesn't

understand
this melancholy

afternoon,
this old, grey

poet lost
in memory.

Doesn't
understand

what love is,
and death.




Highway 70, Mile Marker 251 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 251

White horse
against
a red shed --

how much
depends
on this?



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Highway 70, Mile Marker 247 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 247

Trees in these
mountains. Accept

the conditions.
Take your chances.



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Highway 70, Mile Marker 245 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 245

“We are a proud people,”
say the Mescalero

in these proud mountains.



Friday, September 21, 2018

Highway 70, Mile Marker 242 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 242

What tires me?
The work

of ravens.



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Highway 70, Mile Marker 240 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 240

Dead leaf
a monarch

butterfly
against

the guardrail.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Highway 70, Mile Marker 236 

from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 236

The snow-capped peak
playing hide and seek, 

one game, another.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Highway 70, Mile Marker 230 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Mile Marker 230

The weight
of the day

in these
mountains,

the light
shows us

nothing.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Highway 70/54, Mile Marker 72 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70/54, Mile Marker 72

The white
sands, the

mountain,
this land,

it won't
let go.



Thursday, September 13, 2018

White Sands National Monument 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

White Sands National Monument

Sand like salt, like soap,
like a dish of sugar.

Of all your wonders,
Lord, this is the whitest.

What bears your
brightness walketh here.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Highway 70, Alamogordo 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 70, Alamogordo

You don't tell
the mountain's story.

The mountain tells it.



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Highway 82, Runaway Truck Ramp 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Runaway Truck Ramp

Here where
rock falls

off the
mountain,

I hold
all of

my breath
I can.



Monday, September 10, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 28 

from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 28

The difference.
The sameness.

The mountains.



Sunday, September 09, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 38 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 38

What you carry
will push you

off the mountain.


Saturday, September 08, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 34 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 34

Big Man on Campus.
The mountain pushes back.



Friday, September 07, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 40 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 40

Three ravens
in formation

all the way
up the valley.

What do they have
which eludes us?



Thursday, September 06, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 45 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 45

Shadows of
shadow on

snow in these
mountains.


Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 48 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 48

Yes, Lord,
I say yes

in the high
thinness

of your
mountains.



Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 55 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 55

Silence says
what silence is.

The empty creek
says it too.



Monday, September 03, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 57 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 57

All around these
mountains, mountains.



Sunday, September 02, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 71 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 71

The land is breaking.
To touch the sky.

O, cactus!



Saturday, September 01, 2018

Highway 82, Mile Marker 95 


from
NOTEBOOK: NEW MEXICO
January, 2016

Highway 82, Mile Marker 95

Walk this
short grass.

Be lost
forever,

poet.



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