Rain smell comes with the wind
out of the southwest.
Smell of sand dunes
tall grass glistening
in the rain.
Warm raindrops that fall easy
The summer is born.
Smell of her breathing new life
small gray toads on
whispering to dark wide leaves
white moon blossoms dripping
tracks in the
I am full of hunger
deep and longing to touch
wet tall grass, green and strong beneath.
This woman loved a man
and she breathed to him
her damp earth song.
I was haunted by this story
I remember it in cottonwood leaves
their fragrance in
I remember it in the wide blue sky
when the rain smell comes with the wind.
A grey blanket stretched across the valley,
cleansing not just a few, but many
who walked, who rode, who drove–
opening their doors or peering through windows.
Rain, glorious rain
covering me as I splashed across the black-top lot,
dancing before the music began.
I thought of the land
recently captured through my lens–
sand turning to mud,
cracked earth filling up
with rain, glorious rain
trickling down rocks,
and dripping into washes.
Desert life renewed
by rain, glorious rain!
Since writing last Saturday’s post, I have thought a lot about the Indigenous peoples of the southwest. For them and their way of life, I have always held reverence and tremendous respect. As it should be. They did/do not just learn lessons from this land; they are this land. There are spirits here, resting in the soil and soaring through the trees, and whose messages are accessible for those ready to listen and receive. I honor their presence, their stewardship, and sacrifice as I walk along the dusty road. I am just a traveler, a fair-weathered friend, in this place – their home.
Featured poet, Leslie Marmon Silko, grew up on the Laguna Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. She is an acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist. She is considered a “major contributor to the Native American literary and artistic renaissance, which began in the late 1960s” (Poetry Foundation).
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