Forgive me, eyes, I’ve scorned the dusky mesas,
salmon and orange, miles
from anywhere but sky.
Forgive me, ears, I’ve shunned that sky
closing in, chuckling with thunder
and tittering half the night like a crazed old shaman
who scatters vermilion and pollen among pottery
and whiskey bottle shards in the rocks in the hills.
Forgive me, feet, I’ve smirked when he danced at dawn,
sodden-hobbled in grass wetted flat,
mixing green yellow and flame.
For doesn’t his stagger open the sky!
Forgive me, blood,
for in this auditorium dark,
how may my daughter’s sober toes,
trained on polished floors—leap
though they might with my pulse—
make a morning sun rise?
“On Leaving New Mexico for Civilization” is included in Lee Robison’s collection Have, which will be published in Fall 2019. It first appeared, in a slightly different form, in Lee’s first book Dazed Part of Light, which is available through Amazon.