Maison dieu

My maple tree, now also has died
I cannot water enough to
replace the lost
Subterranean moisture.
the needles of spruce and arborvitae 
Wrinkled, drying.

cracks large enough to 
lose kittens
crissCross the lawns

this desert was not meant
for Kentucky bluegrass
Roses, lilies, clematis nor
Swimming pools.
instead,
for sunflowers,
Sages, yucca, Indian blanket flowers.
and fire.

I scuttle the potato plants
dig a few bright red treasures
little bounty for two months 
tending
soil is baked so,
I can barely force the blade in

yellow crop dusting planes
dive and roar in a useless battle
Against locusts in corn and wheat.

my sickly cottonwood weeps sap
100 Leaves wilting in a
Summer with 100 days

Against a backdrop
Of hazy sunset
my white oak tree
bids adieu, dropping curled leaves,
as blackbirds flock
at least a month too early.

their harsh lyrics echoing,
held in the dust
long after they disappear
Taunting
Prairie, the prairie, prairie
Always, always, always
Will
trump over spades and towers.

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6 comments

    1. This month’s NATl Geographic mag features The Spirit of Crazy Horse. The final quote from a Pine Ridge resident is, “when all the lights have gone out, Our People will still Be.”

  1. this desert was not meant
    for Kentucky bluegrass
    Roses, lilies, clematis nor
    Swimming pools.
    instead,
    for sunflowers,
    Sages, yucca, Indian blanket flowers.
    and fire.

    oh the last two words of that stanza pack a huge wallop…and the repetition in the last stanza, a mantra singing the praise of the forever prairie.

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