Flung open Phoenix

Flung open
Phoenix
quick quick
slow, slow
mountain goat
scramble
climb and crumble
evaporating
embrace of desert air
creosote
peak
shining clear
weeping
ascendance
greeted by the angels
who blessed you
under this sky
where life began
begins again
palms pausing
smooth
over
shoulder blades
where wings
would grow
and fly

Next morning
Copper Star
coffee
bliss
easy rapture
throw-back
cash register
reflections in short
surfer-girl
shorts
short short stories
spanning lifetimes
long drawn-out ones
you shovel
readily
back to earth

Desert
essence cools
the flames
pulse ignites
again
two-step teacher
beauty defying
gender
Sweet Baby Jesus!
you in
that mango dress

And what is found
here in
God’s country
expands
reveals
alters you
at the healing
altar
of circle and line
a dance in time free
as we’ve ever
been

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