Tender Beauty of the Breakdown

IMG_4895The sacred mountain is calling

‘Tap, tap,’
the bell beneath the breastbone beckons:

“Come, be naked and empty
under the big hard sun
stretching horizon to horizon
of your true home.

Dive deep into the Great Inyo Sea
into the mariana trench
of your unadorned self.

like scorched soil
ready to receive

Die to all the worlds
to which you don’t belong,
leaving them to drift in the sage wind
of the high desert
as offerings to the land.

Cherish the tender beauty of the breakdown
the sweet beauty of the rebirth.”

Fall Away

live-oak-1000My skin cells
slough off
to make room for the new
like the leaves
of this mossy live oak tree

fall away

due west, summer’s end

fall away

due east, autumn begins

hover here for a moment

feel the balance
between darkness and light
between drawing within
and explosive expression

harvest your juicy
sun-soaked fruits
perhaps too easily procured

the growing shadow

it’s okay to grieve
the dry and dying
the no longer needed

relish the transition
let the last leaves
flitter to the floor

limbs to feel
all the more lighter