House of the Tomato

If a woman wants to be a poet, she must dwell in the house of the tomato. -- Erica Jong

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Desert Wilderness

Desert Wilderness 

It's called the quietest place on earth,

hold your breath

to an imagined hum of silent nothingness.

The whole of absence --no media

no traffic or talk.

Feel an over the shoulder

sense of expectation

that hangs on morning air

as if something is about to happen

but doesn't.

In this voiceless land wait,

for the occasional twitch of a rabbit's ears

twitter of a wren,

the muffled whistle of raven wings passing by,

the silent flutter of bat wings returning to roost.

Wait, then listen

to nothing.

Settle into this sanctuary of silence.

And that voiceless hum --

soundless flow of time passing

the gentle presence of eternity.

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