Atacama

by grimbeau

Grimbeau

Edge of desert

at a crossroads

break of day:

blue sky

black road

yellow land…

~

shaking hands

with Henderson,

saying thanks

 Henderson

for the truck ride:

three days

back now

still here.

~

Word came of a train

Train never came,

delayed by grain

hoppers

delayed by

open heart

surgery.

~

Toucan dismayed

shakes

sorry heavy head:

cracked yellow beak

blue

dismal eyes

~

jet black feathers.

Sheen

gleaming after

morning preening:

Glistening

 ~

Acute hearing

Jungle or desert canopy.

Adaptable toucan.

Sleeping penguins

dream of krill.

~

pungent lavender

five giant

clay pots

on the windowsill

casting white

shadows.

*

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