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  • I have seen two Crows
    Locked and spinning
    A tempest in a tempest
    Across the windswept sage
    Up over the Cañón rim

    I have met the Otter Woman
    By the riverside and
    Felt the gift of her watery Medicine
    Heal the worry inside

    As for my feminine side
    Downstream the Beavers are no joke
    Just in the nick of time
    As May approaches
    They dam a swimming hole
    For me and mine

    My son will think it the Brandywine
    I do not have the inclination
    Or the heart
    To contradict him

    Not being myself so motivated
    I thank the Beavers for the industriousness
    That flows riverlike
    Through the floodgates of
    Their impressive buck teeth
    Shaping gnarled driftwood and brush

    The Rio flows from a wormhole
    They say
    The Indians call Blue Lake
    Cascading down through the adobe Pueblo
    Into what is known as the Riffles

    From time to time
    Following the water’s leaping edge
    I commune with a Blue Heron
    Seeming to wait for me
    Perched high and hieroglyphically
    On the sculpted lava rocks

    I wonder if the Heron comes from Tula
    If he flew up out of Blue Lake
    A stargate bird
    Bringing messages of hope
    From a world beyond
    A better one, where we all are headed

    Image: THE RIFFLES
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