Hundreds of hushed secrets
Shake, dance, quiver, rustle
Caught between several soft
Staccato drumbeats and a single
Brook of water washing a cavern
Of shining, slippery stones
Wind whispering with your leaves
Is my favorite lullaby.

Romanticizing Nature

Natives named them
“Ears of the earth”
The purple-blue petals
Putting on alluring armor
Pushing, through frosty soil

Angelic hairs around each
Perfectly freckled flower
Resemble those of cats or deer
It isn’t entirely unbelievable
That flowers listen to the wind
For a rustle of summer
Or something…
Perhaps the hum
Of a pollinator

The ripping cold winds
Encourage delicate heads to
Pull protective petals inward
Pasques are amongst
The first to risk
Remnants of winter

Now they are opening, offering
Sacred parts to pollination
To something like love.


Will I ever forget
Shoveling manure
Into grandma’s garden
Tying parallel strings
Scooping out soil in
Careful, straight lines

Mother placed an envelope
Containing corn kernels
In small skeptical hands
That hovered over soil
While worries blurred
Through my brain
Eyes stared in disbelief
At shriveled seeds and soil
Agonizing as gentle fingers
Pushed improbable purple triads
One point five inches underground
Too deep to feel sun?
Will shallow waters
Wash them away?
What about distance
From the ditch?
Can seedlings grow
Upside down or
How long before
They discover my
I faked nonchalant
Indifference to mask
My fears as
Each day passed
And I noted my new
Born row
Until at last
Joy burst through
Soil in
Bright green leaves


It’s a Gas

Enveloping Earth
Entering, exiting 
Every living being

Tree, termite
Moss, mudskipper
Each of us inhaling
One another’s other’s air
Connecting like an
Invisible tonic,
Try, but you 
Cannot forget
For more than 
A couple minutes
We need one another
Like we need to breathe

Sweet Dreams

I kiss the girls as they drift away 
Behind closed eyelids
Little foreheads smell different in sleep
Like thunderstorms in a desert forested with creosote and sagebrush
And ozone from a lightening strike and asphalt connecting with fat raindrops
Jane sits up suddenly, muttering indistinguishable sleep-talk
Then cries out her sister’s name and reaches out to grasp only air
I wonder where they go in their sleep
As I hold Jane and gently remind her she is dreaming
Her mumbled explanation trails off as she wakes a little more
Then frowns
As if the thought of being wrong is distasteful
As if she would rather still be dreaming
Now I too drift into my own quiet
Where the pitter patter of desert rain falls behind my eyelids
Where dust and grime leave in small rivulets
Where small plants stretch tiny roots to soak up whatever they can
Where I dream of being the kind of person who deserves to live in a world
Where children’s faces smell like raindrops falling from the heavens.