this is the thriving

woman with red-framed glasses
sorting through the summer squash
(green) while i select medium-sized
gold-skinned potatoes
(some rough, some smooth)
_______
a 2-dollar cookie
(chocolate chips, sesame seeds, sunflowers, honey)
from the farmhouse cafe stand
wrapped in white paper
_______
i’m called poet here
as if i actually am one
(the affirmation
grad school never gave me)
_______
today is the farmers market i say
i was there early, both delighted
and balking at the concept of paying
for vegetables that i had nothing to do
with growing
_______
sweat sheen on calves
where one was crossed over the other
in backyard plastic chair high mountain
desert sun perch
terry tempest williams’s
refuge (which i like and don’t like
but am determined to finish)
in my hands
_______
google ‘siberian elm’ nancy raeburn’s
words in the casita #3 journal
they are all around you
_______
4:44 pm sound:
wind whooshing through cottonwoods
(leaves and branches) that line the lane
dogs barking to the east
windchimes chiming from front porch post
a sneeze through an open window
and the high-pitch motor hum-whine
of a neighbor firming up the
advanced-air mattress bed
_______
are you ok!? mara asks me (sounding severely concerned)
after i say how i needed to heal from grad school
which makes me double over and slap my thigh
with laughter and say yes, yes i am ok
this is the healing after the healing
this is the thriving
when she links trauma and grad school
i know i’m in the right conversation
_______
in terms of conceptualism, she says,
i think through doing and making, not the other way around
it took years (after grad school) to be ok with/
allow myself that
_______
where’s your first home i ask
the woman sitting next to me in the
taos community auditorium
after she tells me her second home
is in taos
_______
northern new mexico’s
cultural trifecta
as named in the casita #3 journal
and reinforced in the documentary on the land:
pueblo indians, hispanos and anglos
(names used and claimed
by all three groups)
i listen/read/watch/learn
_______
at the intro to the documentary
multiple speakers of various racial/ethnic backgrounds
take a moment to
honor the earth and
recognize the spirits of our ancestors –
understanding that they are never that far away
_______
wherein the former taos police chief
names compassion as the most important thing
he learned from his father
_______
it only takes five generations
of not speaking the language
to kill the culture says jonathan
warm day coming

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