A handmade ceramic fountain planted with desert flora

each in its tiny eloquent identity   succulent greens

blush oranges   hints of orpiment yellow

at its height a multi-fingered upthrust

glorying in no more   no lesser life


comforted me

after a night by thought besieged

and morning pain a boulder

blocking the rushing deathward flow


just be

what dwells within

whispered me

pool here    in my depths