landscape sunset desert mountain
SedoPhoto by Liz Lauren on

a curved lizard sleeps quietly on a rock
orients itself to the influence of heat
a slow heart, 
gentle earth pulse 

hiss, click, rattle,
things unseen scurry about, 
seeking grub and insect, 
a rare bead of moisture

the cak cak 
of a Cooper's hawk
echoes from a distant canyon
makes for a kind of silence

crucifixion thorn bushes
adorn dry slopes and mesas
brittle leaves and cypress bark 
blow into crook and crevice

we climb the hills of Sedona
to shed the dying self
to seek nourishment for our souls
we walk the deserts of prophets
the red earth we come from
to glimpse traces of God

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