Pat’s Poetry Place 2020

Adobe Odes

In autumn, broody season,
      garden conversations turn philosophical,
leaves pontificating on life’s brevity, the weight
      of maturity. Seed-heavy, your head bows.

“Ode to Sunflowers”

Adobe Odes, 2006

 


My Own True Name by Pat Mora

I feel like a small child
only able to speak very simple
all the time I feel incomplete

“Learning English: Chorus in Many Voices”

My Own True Name, 2000

 


Agua Santa: Holy Water

She carries a green river,
    heavy, but it hums.
In any desert, she can bow her head
  and sip from her own arms.

“Cuentista”

Agua Santa: Holy Water, 1995

 


Chants

“I want

to walk
with you
on my Texas desert.”

“For Georgia O’Keeffe,”

Chants, 1984 (my first book)


Encantado: Desert Monologues

“I speak words of faith—practice, practice.
I pick up the next shoe or boot—like us,
it needs patient attention and repair.”

Señor Ortega
Encantado: Desert Monologues