La Tierra Encantada

La Tierra Encantada

In a visit to New Mexico, I not only discovered the most delicious and spicy green chilies, but also heartbreak, and now the two seem inseperable.

la tierra encantada

without impulse your palms press
firm on my fingers
not detached

or attached

unlike many hands I’ve had before
expectant and eager
anxious and grasping

your hands are like the desert
calming and warm
tender and grounding

the elders told me
the land is enchanted
it rejects some
spits them out to dry
but if chosen
engulfs them
to become a part of them

la tierra encantada
you and your hands

m. avila