In New Mexico

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The clouds hang

lower in New Mexico,

and whiter. The blue

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is bluer in New

Mexico, the arroyos drier,

the midnight yowl

of the coyotes higher.

The roan is deeper-set

in a mustang on the run

in New Mexico, nostrils flare

wider, the clay redder

than the crimsonest

apple cider. Spanish vowels

are softer in New Mexico,

consonants, too.

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