Desert Meadow

Sage and rabbitbrush
mask jagged bottle parts,
cirrhosis of unrequited dreams.

A ferrel cat coughs up
columns of black smoke
from a fiery house six months ago.

A horse jaw protrudes
from a dry sandy arroyo
the will of flash floods revealed.

The wind’s breath bruises
a ponderosa’s bark,
snapped-branches rattle on contact.

Javelina family grunts around
bleached grey ghosts of barbwire fence posts,
ranch house bones scattered about.


copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney

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