I am Desert, fevered, fasting, heat rising.
I am Vulture soaring over cactus bones.
I am Sidewinder, Scorpion, Coyote.
I am Barren Earth, tawny, rippling.
I am Puma.
I am Thunder Cloud crying over stony beds.
I am Saguaro, Ocotillo, bursting scarlet and golden.
I am Lifebreath, lifting eagle wings and dove.
I am Living Rock thrust skyward, pulling at the sun.
I am Crystal Cavern, Sacred Kiva.
I am Footbeat, Heartbeat, Roadrunner, Anasazi.
I am Echoed Voices, Visions singing.
I am Desert, fevered, fasting,
Copyright 1997, Terri Cohlene
Terri Cohlene is an author of children's books. She is best known for her series of adapted Native
American legends, including: Little Firefly, Clamshell Boy, Quillworker, Dancing Drum, Ka-ha-si
and the Loon, and Turquoise Boy (Troll Books & Rourke Publishing). Her newest picture book,
Ribbons for Mikele, is due for future release by Morrow Jr. Books.