O Sacred Head

Waterfall in Oregon

In the Organ Mountains

            the head of a canyon

            often weeps

            among the desolated trees.

It’s a sacred place

            where the earth’s ribs

            wounded by heat

            and violent force

            rise up

            and the heavens rain down

            seeping into the splintered rock

            bringing life

            into the stony soil.

Leafless tree in Bar Canyon near Las Cruces, New Mexico

From the Bar Canyon near Las Cruces, NM