As Above, So Below

Sweet meadow grass grows
Where forest used to be. Not all has gone to seed,
While all that is fallow awaits a time of need
To push through dirt, and rocks, and clay
Toward another greening of the day.

Even starlight cast over a midnight lake
Shimmering on rippling waves,
Beds down with ash and mud,
Mingles with fish and bones, and holds
A bit of universe tucked away in stones.

By Cynthia Sidrane

desert stream flows around white boulders


As a desert and mountain dweller and avid hiker, Cynthia Sidrane’s poetry and photography are reflections of the wild, remote and rugged beauty of Arizona deserts, and the Sky Island mountain ranges that rise like miracles from them. Her poems have been published online and in print, including two short-form poetry anthologies: “Pay Attention, A River of Stones,” and “A Blackbird Sings.”

Photo by the author

Even Rock

Even rock in its hard, unyielding temperament
succumbs to the softer things of earth.
Roots for one, soil too, perhaps young maples,
even moss and algae hardening into scales
of glowing lichens and their continual prodding,
will one day break open what was once immovable.

By Cynthia Sidrane

Rocks and leaves of small plants


As a desert and mountain dweller and avid hiker, Cynthia Sidrane’s poetry and photography are reflections of the wild, remote and rugged beauty of Arizona deserts, and the Sky Island mountain ranges that rise like miracles from them. Her poems have been published online and in print, including two short-form poetry anthologies: “Pay Attention, A River of Stones,” and “A Blackbird Sings.”

Photo by the author.

Mountain Lake at Sundown

Water laps against a rock-strewn sandbar
in an alcove of ponderosa pines.
While a great blue heron gathers sky in its wings
to a treetop landing, fendler rose bushes
grow near lichen-etched boulders
and downed tree snags,
and clouds the color of wild rose and fire
are stalled on an eastern horizon.
Even they seem to pause and reflect
as this day passes on to the next.

By Cynthia Sidrane

sunset clouds reflected in mountain lake


As a desert and mountain dweller and avid hiker, Cynthia Sidrane’s poetry and photography are reflections of the wild, remote and rugged beauty of Arizona deserts, and the Sky Island mountain ranges that rise like miracles from them. Her poems have been published online and in print, including two short-form poetry anthologies: “Pay Attention, A River of Stones,” and “A Blackbird Sings.”

Photo by the author

Ambling Through the Desert in Late Spring

Two mallards
Shimmering in their emerald green feathers,
Skid to a stop along a stretch of canal
That winds through a desert morning.
Some days it looks as though they’re landing on clouds
Mirrored on a water runway, but not today
When the sky unfurled a clean slate.
No tricks with reflections, just the soft whoosh
From the long glissade of webbed feet on water,
Leaving a duckling that got away from its parents
Floating lazily over their rippled wake.

These mornings, walking in a silence
Free of human busyness and drone of traffic
Bear their gifts; all these birds of praise
Singing the sun up from its eastern perch,
And the industry of bees humming amid
The yellow catkins that hang softly
In the shady mesquites.

The fluent language of mockingbirds,
Cardinal songs, a lone dove in a thorny
Ironwood laden with lavender blossoms,
Laughing grackles, and scratchy-throated Cactus Wrens
Draw one into a world that so many miss
For lack of attention, for hurrying through
A life filled with preconceived destinations and
Notions of attainment. Arrival, where?
Attainment, what’s that?

By Cynthia Sidrane

Desert Ambling


As a desert and mountain dweller and avid hiker, Cynthia Sidrane’s poetry and photography are contemplative reflections of the wild, remote and rugged beauty of Arizona deserts, and the Sky Island mountain ranges that rise like miracles from them. Her poems have been published online and in print, including two short-form poetry anthologies: “Pay Attention, A River of Stones,” and “A Blackbird Sings.” Visit her at Poetry of Stone and Light
Photo by Eugene Tochilin