After the Thunderstorm – a poem by Carl Mayfield

After the Thunderstorm
                                 a solitary heart
                                 is no heart at all

                                            Antonio Machado   

the sandy bottom arroyo
channels what the mountain

can't use between banks
of sage and saltbush 

each grain of sand
lending its voice

to the music
we call running water 

Carl Mayfield does not sigh as much as he thought he would in old age. His poems have found homes at various places on the map.

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