UP BEAR CREEK | Aaron Abeyta: Western Slope Poet Laureate
by Art Goodtimes
Apr 15, 2013 | 2227 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print

a letter to Aaron 

as the sun rises en nuestros corazones



let us begin with a prayer

because everything we invite into our lives

sits at the table of the sacred


in nomine madre tierra

et padre cielo

et spiritus pueblo


here at Cloud Acre

on the cusp of the San Juan Mountains

and the Colorado Plateau

the grass still sleeps in its gray and gold

though change is in the air

the wild punishing winds

that test our allegiance to spring

gusts that sweep the mesa clean

like a mad dowser searching for water

the flowering we can’t see yet

but that we wind-blown ones 

believe will come

and humbly share as a ray of hope


this is the time of year

when our eyes search for anything green

some sign of life born of water

and sun

that golden orb of all our inspirations

reflected in the light that pours

from our body’s solar plexus

to protect us from the harm

that spins its devils in the dust

and to warm the world

into yielding us its cornucopia of gifts


the mantle of this award comes

from just such a gifting

the promise of Colcha you wove

into our minds as a cape of many colors

a path of many ways

a multi-ethnic design flourishing

out of the fabric of many craftings


Aaron, I have seen a horse’s eye

the galaxies and nebulae 

in that deepest brown

that is skin and mud and the land

that we love

married as we are to earth

to each other

to this place called Colorado

its ancient reds its skies beyond blue

and the invading whites of winter


your voice is la primavera

four syllables that inspire us

to bud

to bring our best green into being

yours are the seeds our love is made of

in the sunlight of your lyric valuables

in the poems you fashion for us

like a child’s mud cakes

on the banks of the San Miguel

we grow playful

and are inspired to work

at what is most important

the messy pigments of truth-telling

those lessons nature affords us

the real opportunity to learn


and so we share this honor with you


that you may go on inspiring

the many adams and eves

longing for los colores en sus ojos

the fire in your belly


and this green we set above your brow

is meant not so much as crown

but as beacon

un rayo de esperanza

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