Heat Haze
Barry Blackhawk
©1999 Barry Blackhawk

The far distant heat rises in deep

     royal rich shade of purple

The lifeful moist sending its way

     up to its origin, cycling up in certain

          shimmering waves from birthing soil.

Life is given, processing elements,

     the pure magic of liquid air dancing in

          my thin vision, humming original song,

The earth sighing, breathing, sweating,

     purple dawn, purple dusk, all consuming,

Powerful, forever cloaked in hues meant

     to cause wonder and delight.

The earth is I and I, it.

May 14, 1982
River Bottom



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