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Am I Cheating Myself?


Everything and every place
that reminds any person
of the Spirit is sacred!
That’s what the mesas told me,
while the sun heated the wind
that blew off the desert
and the Hopis
sat in the shade
waiting for customers.

~Gregg Valenzuela

I oft fear, by not living in the desert Southwest, I am cheating myself from communion with the sacred landscape driving my creative energy into shooting stars of ecstasy, overlapping lightning strikes illuminating inspiration in staccato moments infusing my soul with the sustenance it needs to breathe deep and exhale content that generates internal smiles crawling into my face and shooting beams with the brightness of a New Mexican sun at high noon.

Is it life conspiring to prevent me from drinking the canyons elixir or is life protecting me from my own folly, the illusion I could thrive when surrounded by Earth’s ancient bones from getting, lost in secluded spaces and turning apple red before shriveling into a raisin where the arid climate siphons all moisture from my body leaving a desiccated corpse worshipping at the foot of a gnarled juniper.

If so, I pray with both my souls that I am facing the direction of wisdom for all eternity, pray I am safe from human grave robbers excavating sacred bones for knowledge spelled ‘profit’, pray my souls escape one into ether, the other into earth inhabiting the twin Gods in perfect balance with sun and water, with heaven and hell, with now and forever

02 Jul 2019

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