The Arroyo

Watercolour by David Chorlton

Memory’s a honeycomb
in the arroyo, all sweetness with a sting
as it winds
with crumbling walls
and a thread of sky. The way in
is a stone, the way out
a pair of wings. The mountain opens
to receive it; shadow and light
moving rock aside
as it follows
a course mapped once in the stars
where past and present
cast a single shadow.

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.