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Heaven’s Door — Abandoned Ranch House In The Sonoran Desert   Leave a comment

Dove Mountain and Rainy DayThe Desert’s Door To The Sky, The Remains of An Old Ranch House In The Tortolita Mountains
— Image by kenne

by Jeffrey Alfier

Winds release clouds from the tread of drifting
but buoy the arcs of loitering hawks.
It’s so quiet he swears he hears sunlight,
Chihuahuan sage blossoming in clusters.
Where his footfalls impel a warbler’s flight,
distant church bells summon their own echoes.
He kneels, presses palms to parched tractor ruts
that angle off into wind-runneled fields.
Thin soil keeps him for another season,
the ground made of nothing his hands won’t hold.

— from The Silver Birch Press Publication, The Wold Yearling, by Jeffrey C. Alfier

Dark Powder On The Trail   2 comments

Dark Powder On The Trail

Born of a volcanic eruption,

covered with ash and pumice,

fused into spires and rock formations

at the crossroads of the

Chihuahuan and Sonora deserts.

Bonita Canyon, refuge to the Apaches,

later to become the Faraway Ranch,

managed by a blind woman,

Lillian was her name,

in a wonderland of rocks.

The land of standing rocks,

A backdrop to a biological paradise

through modern history —

returned to ashes by Horseshoe 2 fire

leaving dark powder on the Bonita Trail.

Wildflowers, the first to return

adding color to the black and gray,

first symbolized by a flower

left by the fire’s inferno

to dodge the debris flows.

Time will heal the Chiricahua wounds

not by man’s clock of numbers,

but to Mother Nature’s cycles

linked to the brain in our hearts

creating a day out of time.


Images by kenne

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