Desert Blues

Fierce desert cools its heels,
waiting for earth to roll
away from sun and reveal
her darker side.

Sky dons his celestine cloak;
sage and juniper shed jade
dresses in favor of black,
more formal for evening.

Crickets and cicadas
begin their nightly dance
while shadows steal kisses
from sandstone mesas.

In this dry-as-bone valley,
rain is a distant recollection;
only wind carries memories
of moisture to patient boulders.

Coyotes sing siren songs to moon;
earth tends her midnight garden,
then waves blue corn tassels
welcoming dawn.
By Carol Alena Aronoff

Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D., psychologist and writer, co-authored Practical Buddhism: The Kagyu Path and published Compassionate Healing: Eastern Perspectives. Her poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Potpourri, Poetic Realm, Poetica, Mindprints, Dream Fantasy International, Beginnings, Hawaii Island Journal, In Our Own Words, Theater of the Mind, Animals in Poetry, From the Web, Heartlodge, Tiger’s Eye and Out of Line. She received a prize in the Common Ground spiritual poetry contest and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her chapbook, Cornsilk, was published by Indian Heritage Council in 2004; her illustrated poetry book, The Nature of Music, and an expanded, illustrated Cornsilk were published by Pelican Pond in 2006. Her Soup Made the Moon Weep was published by Pelican Pond in 2007. Currently, Carol Aronoff resides in a rural area of Hawaii–working her land, meditating in nature and writing.