Giggling updraft with cotton candy stuck
in a cloud and the sun shining through
water that rainbows but makes my fingers
sticky. There’s moisture in the air because
we’re in Paradise Valley in monsoon season.
Intersexual plants teal and chartreuse the
sand colored horizon where purple sunsets
show the reflecting sun where to grow.
Leaving the desert with its heart-shaped
nopales who's spines tingle your leg as you
walk. Hares greet the sage leaves. Quail
bumble under dehydrated trees. We never
saw a wolf shimmer on the pavement.