February Desert

Submitted to Lady Nimue’s Months-of-the-Year Challenge: http://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/challenge1-months-of-the-year-challenge/

February Desert

Even in the desert, February
winds harass the trees,
whipping fronds from their palms.

Hummingbirds seek shelter
in clumps of orange Lantana,
appear surprised by winter’s onslaught.

Mother joined us for a Valentine’s
Day visit. Alone for too many years,
she still cannot befriend the loneliness.

That night the desperate clamor of frogs
promised us an early spring
Wind howled its objection.

LadyNimue’s Months of the Year Challenge: January 2010


Submitted to LadyNimue’s Months of the Year Challenge:

Last year in January (as we do yearly) we braved the snow to travel down I-395 in an effort to escape the cold and enjoy the warmth of Palm Desert. The highway snakes along the eastern Sierra. The view of Mt. Whitney from Lone Pine is particularly stunning. This is an etheree describing that experience.

I-395 South of Reno
to Lone Pine
An Etheree

Pine sits
nestled in
McKinley’s breast,
waits for passersby
to linger in her shade.
Sierra Mountain flowers
boast of vivid hues amidst the
craggy heights and verdant valley green.
Just to the north the camp of Manzanar
speaks of troubled times and war-torn worlds.
We hesitate then drive on past,
stop for a break, admire the
snow-capped peaks, gas up then
leave before the sun
withdraws its light
and leaves us
in the

The etheree form is based on the syllable/line structure: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1