I Find Refuge

After arriving at Libbie's in Patagonia, we are greeted by this flower.

That night Patagonia High School has a bonfire. We pass it on the way to the store.

A rainbow after a little rain this morning.

After I fill the hummingbird feeders I come across this baby rattler. We observe each other for awhile. I've never been so close to a rattlesnake. I've always fled. The little rattlesnake had never been so close to a human. We were wary at first, then we studied each other. I asked him to remember this visit, and to tell his relatives to never cause harm to the various kinds of humans who live here: people, dog, horse or cat.

I think of Leslie Silko who is close to rattlesnakes. I remember how one of them came to me in a dream to give her a message. It tugged on my pant leg. When I called her and told her the message she said it was exactly what she needed to know.

This morning I'm thankful for friends, of all sorts.


Thivai Abhor said...


I would like to extend an invitation to you to join in on a collective blogging section of our upcoming winter issue of Reconstruction. The issue is the “Theories/Practices of Blogging.” In addition to the special section of posts on blogging there will be about a dozen essays on blogging.

The deadline is October 20th.

Our intent in this section of the issue will be to collect a wide range of bloggers and link up to their statements in regards to why they blog (something many of us are asked) and any statement they have on the theories/practices of blogging.

If you already have a post on this you can feel free to use it, or, if you are interested, you can submit a new one.

We will link to each statement from the issue at our site, with the intent of creating a hyperlinked list of statements on blogging that can serve as an introduction to blogging (or an expansion of knowledge for those already blogging).

If you are interested please contact me at mdbento @ gmail.com

On another note, I sincerely must thank you for the joy, motivation and inspiration your poetry has provided to me and my friends. I have tattered, annotated copies of your poetry that have been handed from person to person, all of us finding something meaningful and profound--I simply cannot convey what your poetry has meant to us.

Peace, Love and Understanding

Eric Dutton said...

I loved this post. It's exactly the kind of beauty I needed just now.
It reminds me of the effect of haibun, which would be appropriate for a piece of writing about travel.