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Moonlight Intruders

A Poem by Mary K. Lavezzari, Temecula , CA

 

October 2012 issue  

 

We awoke to hear a rustling in the brush.

The mesquite trembled in the moonlight.

Coyote, I thought,

No, this was bigger, two legs or four?

 

We lay motionless in the darkness,

Listening to the silence of the night.

Slowly, you ease your hand

To touch the rifle that lay by your side.

 

From the west a soft breeze stirred.

I could smell the sage on its hot breath.

The campfire coals pulsed brighter

For a moment, then quickly died.

 

Out of the palo verdes shadow, emerged,

Three burros, treading lightly on the sand.

Cautiously, they approached

Drinking carefully from the cool spring.

 

Soft shadows in the moonlight,

As they gently nibbled the tender plants

That grew where the water fanned out

Into a grassy marsh.

 

Breathless, we looked at one another, and smiled,

As silently, you put your rifle down.

And laying back, we gazed up into the heavens.

While undisturbed, the burros drank.

 

  

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