Rain in the Desert

Slow, huge thunderheads.

Rain had washed everything, as though it had doused the desert with a gigantic fire hose. The daisies’ faces were plastered to the ground.

A pretty mano of pink granite. Where it lay was wilder than when it was made by an Archaic hunter-gatherer, probably a woman: only the rare hiker goes there now. The mano had been looking at the sky for two thousand years, at least. I admired it, then left it to its next eons of quiet and space and rain.

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2 thoughts on “Rain in the Desert”

    1. Last night came “male rain,” as the Navajos say: lightning crashing overhead, downpours. This morning there was an inch of water in the watering can. The acequias are running black with the ashes of the Las Conchas fire.

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