in the purple twilight
with a flashlight that matches the sky.
Find the veins that streak
silver and white through sediment,
that wash through limestone of eras
when this dry world was unfathomably fluid.
Illuminate these intrusions
in the dust of such arid, dark night
and watch the glow of colors light
your way through the depths of murky wilds.
Sparkling calcite animates into excited vitality -
and abiotics come to life
and this quiet desert blooms
and air and rocks and dirt and decay
burst like fluorescent flowers in spring,
like beds of coral and algae beckoning to the sun.
These fluorescing, rainbow intrusions unfurl like petals.
Observe the phosphorescent
staying power of this place.
When the world around you opens
and shouts at you its bright secrets
twinkling between wavy blades of grass
glinting off twin invertebrate eyes in the scrub.
Something howls in sync with the unsubtle hues.
Now all of this feels
like stars a million light years away,
like foxfire in a swamp you’ve never seen,
like plankton alight in a sea of stoic agave,
or fireflies swarming a blaze through a forest.
So you’ve sunk into the deep of open wonder and questions
Because there is nothing to hide when even the rocks pour out such