California Jewelflower, Caulanthus californicus

California Jewelflower, Caulanthus coulteri



Like hay to cows,
we bank good fortune
in the ground

building fences
and pipe corrals
as if always

there will be cattle
grazing grass above
our scattered ashes.


Our gods and fickle
goddesses rest among

and we with them—
have no legions
to wage wars,

and promise not
to new converts
what they already have.


We are the dirt
we’re rooted in,
look to the skies

for any kind of rain
and granite cracks
of snowmelt leaking

to stay alive—
to give good fortune
back to this ground.


2 responses to “WE ARE THE DIRT

  1. Peter Notehelfer

    Confessional . . .


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