Holy Week In The Mojave

Random geology, sure, 
but rocks piled with such 
seeming design and deliberation, 

a clean-swept uproar 
without any swathe of green 
to disguise the wind’s erosion. 

Chollo and yucca 
and Joshua tree form simple 
trinities everywhere; bleak fruition 

of some invisible 
gardener whose divine ingenuity 
makes beauty out of driest devotion 

to life itself where 
water’s as rare as heat 
is certain; life like silent elation 

where lizardly flicker 
of tongue and tail between 
hot stones is testament to jubilation 

of a survival 

never assured, neither stray nor 
deliberate but hungry; in habitation 

tough as an upheaval 
of desert stone offering 
shadow’s refuge, a savage exaltation. 



Poem Copyright 2001, Lee Patton Ibex in Judean Desert 
Image Copyright 2001, Reva Sharon

Denverite Lee Patton has published poems in several literary magazines, including Threepenny Review, Massachusetts Review, Hawaii-Pacific Review, California State Poetry Quarterly, as well as many anthologies. 

Holy Week in the Mojave is in an invented form:--three line stanzas, "trinities" each of which must be longer than the preceding one within each stanza--each stanza must end with  "ion" as last syllable.

Reva Sharon won First Prize for Digital Photography in the Nagler International Photography Competition. 
Exhibitions include Into the land of the Seeing, at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem; Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California; Royal Photographic Society, Bath England; American Cultural Center, Jerusalem.
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