Memory as the Moon

(Water Colour by David Chorlton)

The moon was once a cactus flower
opening in the sky. Its scented light
turned deserts blue, and arroyos tasted
of monsoon. Water sang
the long slope down
from stars to basins hollowed out
by passing time
in stone where every jaguar
who found water left
its reflection floating. And through
the pine-oak shadows
on a mountain pulling free
of gravity the free-tailed bats
flowed fast as memory
sliding down a lightning flash
with every last bone shining
through the skin stretched
on its wings.

David Chorlton lives in desert country (Phoenix, Arizona) but has deep feelings for the rainforest and Costa Rica. That country's dedication to wildlife has been a fine example in the interests of conservation and David's visits with his wife took them to several of the areas important in the preservation of species. And he likes a country with no standing army too! Read other articles by David.