#200 I Breathe the Cottonwood by New Mexico Centennial Poet, Levi Romero

I take the sage brush scent in The folding hills The heat of the asphalt Twenty-seven minutes past noon Past the historic marker And the twisted metal road sign The yellow apple dotted orchards The alfalfa I take it all in For you my brothers And sisters Lying on rubber mattresses In your jail pods … More #200 I Breathe the Cottonwood by New Mexico Centennial Poet, Levi Romero

#199 Memoria Desmemoriada/Forgetful Memory by Juan Estevan Arellano

La memoria se me está acabando No sólo a mi, sino también a la tierra, El caballo alazán tostado ya no sabe como trabajar Ni conoce el arado, menos la jaida o la escardina Hace un siglo que’l caballo era el mejor amigo del hombre Le ayudaba a traer leña de la Cejita, siguiendo todo … More #199 Memoria Desmemoriada/Forgetful Memory by Juan Estevan Arellano

#197 Solstice Communion by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

Voices bless a winter flower of red and gold, of chile and corn; worn hands pass the first tamales from the dented roaster. Communion wine is New Mexican, red as sangre. Masa is the bread of life. Days of solstice preparation, corn hand-ground, red chile simmering, and pork roasting. Grandmothers’ memories soften hojas and whip … More #197 Solstice Communion by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

#196 Prayers on the Train [excerpt] by Carlos Contreras

Sunset and Feathers Breathing in the wind. Swallowed by the sky. Nuevo. SIEMPRE. Something always is – New! A challenge A story A lesson… Teachers in more ways than one, Beads on the proverbial Rosary Thumbed at by abuelitas in the Glow of a candle. I always ask her, “Grandma, did you pray for me … More #196 Prayers on the Train [excerpt] by Carlos Contreras