• Karen Weber

New Mexico: Pedernal

Updated: Oct 5

When I came, I stood upon a cliff,

red in the dying light, then fell,

pushed over the edge with laughter.

I sailed through the air

like a cloth doll with moving limbs

and no mouth behind cotton lips.

I fell below enflamed cliffs,

prehistoric plains, blending rocks,

descending arroyos and sudden mesas.

It has taken me years to find again

the magenta of the sunset

and azure of the winter sky.

Now I live here, standing on high desert ground,

with scarred and snow-topped mountains surrounding,

the blood of sacrifice in their names.


Sometimes I wake at night

and sense around me ghosts

with swaying belts of stones and seeded beads.

They come silently

like the snow this morning

falling in frozen tears on the burning earth.

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