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Zachary Guadamour: Ciénaca

I ride lazy atop the mule Toby
as he unravels a deer path we follow
not knowing where we head
the morning crisp in the cloudless warming sky
A year with plenty of rain
I watch green/golden grass shimmer on hillsides
oak and mesquite meander along a creek bed
gray/green juniper smile on ravine sides
We come to a huge alamo
overgrown with grapes
swallows and wrens in full song
a blue jay scolds us for the intrusion
Toby drinks his fill of water
collected on a hollowed out boulder
then grazes while I lean against the tree
smile at the perfect wonder of the day

Copyright 2021 Zachary Guadamour

Zachary Guadamour, originally from Columbia, currently lives and writes in Agua Prieta, Sonora.

Ed. note: A ciénega (also spelled ciénaga or ciénaca) is a type of wetland commonly found in the American Southwest and western Mexico. Ciénagas are alkaline, freshwater, spongy, wet meadows with shallow-gradient, permanently saturated soils in otherwise arid landscapes that often occupy nearly the entire widths of valley bottoms. 

Cienega Chica Xochimilco, México

One comment on “Zachary Guadamour: Ciénaca

  1. Barbara Huntington
    November 23, 2021

    I’m there. I remember riding my friend’s burro in the Arroyo Seco near Pasadena

    Liked by 1 person

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