I wanna dance 

With a cowboy like you.

Empty dim dance floor,

Dust in the air,

A few tables with sleepy customers.

My arms around your neck,

The brims of our hats touching each other.

On the tip of my toes,

My chest pressed against yours.

Slow kisses under your mustache.

The warm darkness of the room, wrapped around you and I.

The Blue Of Summer

Last night we slept in the back of my truck.

Mattress thrown in there, a wool blanket and our two sleeping bags.

The wind was violently blowing across the desert,

Shaking us in our attempt to fall asleep.

We talked into the late hours of the night,

While our dog slept in the cab.

We felt so small in this vast landscape.

Clear sky and brilliant stars,

All the little creatures must have been hiding under heavy rocks.

We waited for sleep; eyes open in the dark,

And fell asleep before the blush sunrise washed over us.

Please hold my head in your hands.

    We drove to the confines of earth yesterday. The sun kept getting lower and we wondered if we’d make it back in time. Parched desert scattered with creosote bushes, small sticky leaves on jagged branches. If only it could have rained for a few minutes for the plant to release the distinct sweet and smoky smell of this corner of the world.

 

Faded blue and pink small houses scattered along the road, abandoned in the bleached gold valley. Sedentary signs in a place where sun and wind rule the days. Who does one have to be to live here? Nothing around for miles and miles, just the one road split by the long yellow line shooting into the horizon. 

 

The cracked asphalt turns into a curve and we climb. At the top of the mountain, my eyes bloom open like cactus flowers after a rainstorm, petals for lashes, soaking in the light piercing the clouds. My lungs fill with blue on the edge of earth. Infinite sand, purple and saffron mountains, in the shape of the landscape that inhabits me. Veins of rocks running along soft expanses.

 

As the blood orange sun lowered, we turned around and drove back before dark. 

 

I keep wondering what is out there, beyond those mountains.