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