At the Eco-conference, When Asked Where I Live

. . . disenfranchised from the land.
— Sharman Russell

The trees are strangers there,
immigrants whose roots
feel for a place to belong to.
The grass is thirst

turning green; the highways
expressions of discontent
following the light
to each horizon; the malls,

offices and sports arenas all
are trespassing. But we
arrived curious to know
the future and found it

before it happened: a city
as disenfranchised from the land
as we are from the countries
left behind.

David Chorlton looks forward to getting back into the nearby desert park as springtime progresses. That park proved interesting enough to him to base a short book of poems and paintings last year, The Inner Mountain (published by Cholla Needles in Joshua Tree, CA). The coyotes come down to the streets in his neighborhood and move with style! Read other articles by David.