Watercolour by David Chorlton

A hummingbird among the weeds
is picking insects off sunlight.
It’s down in a hollow
next to the street, undisturbed
by the traffic’s hum. There’s just a trace of moisture
in the air, and gilded
wings that sparkle
in a patch of wasteland close
to the path where coyotes leave midnight droppings
on their way to the pond
to drink the moon’s reflection.
The saints have gathered up their white robes
and retreated to their caves;
now the only miracle
is the mountain
coming down to Earth
from its night among the planets
with a stony glow across
its slopes for the minutes it takes
to warm it into desert.


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.