You know how headlights,
when you’re near a desert highway,
pan across material like a searchlight,
casting incoherent shadows
past whatever they happen to catch –
sage, cactus green and praying to the rain,
hitchhiker’s drugstore cowpuncher boots,
corrugated lean-to slumped up against the wire?
Well that isn’t happening just yet.
Coyote isn’t on the wander right now.
The sun is still walking, heading west,
knowing exactly where to go.
Daylight melts over dust and hardpan,
yellow, umber, ochre, neon hot pink.
Memory melts like daylight.
Those clouds, see. That’s what I mean.
Cirro… cumulo… cirronimbulus?
It rises, dark and thick in the gloaming.
It drinks the melted daylight.
A rush of cool air. Scattering of sand.
Silent stab of arced lightning.
One million volts in a terawatt cycle.
Thunderstorms drink memory like daylight.
They make ready for the night.
You should come tell me what you think.
Silence. Rumbling over the distance of the earth.
Cumulonimbus. That’s it.
You’d have gotten that quicker.
Scent of the dry before the wet.
Burning gold at the end of the sunwalk
underneath the dark tower.
There. Coyote’s on the wander. Hungry.
The semi-truck moves past
and headlights cast no shadows beyond a ghost.