"Monsoon," "Refugee," and "Baking in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico"


The heavy sky applauds our roof.
I walk out to soak
to receive the universe
a lover in the rain.

Water deepens and brightens,
falls softly, enthusiastically.
I open like the desert
dropping clothes on the ground.
Wet is beautiful.

Back porch leaks to its own beat,
irregular time on a rustic chair.
Waves and waves of darkened sky play on.




A little boy asleep on the shore
fell from a boat where he swam like a fish
but he was no fish.

His family, lured by dreams
of kindness somewhere,
a day without blood and splattered brain matter,
an electric chance of new and better
where children build castles in the sand
where the sound of water is calm and soothing
and children do not drown
looking for a safe place to play.



Baking in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

Sun cracked grass signals
the yellow haze of transition.
Pinon fire in a kiva stove
is a Southwest desert Fall
in the armpits of tradition
and passionate drumming.

Precarious rocks cling
on an overhead cliff.
Mesquite and Sage
breeze by geckos.

Steam rises
in the lithium pool:
Aura eggs meet
spiritual nutrition.
Fairy wings tickle
the unmentionable.

Spa police say
“Whisper, please.
Respect the sacred water.”
We think of Standing Rock.
We are awed
in the presence
of the liquid god
and its protectors.


We are silent

as hummingbirds.



Belinda Subraman

Belinda Subraman has been writing poetry since the sixth grade and publishing since college. She had a ten year run editing and publishing Gypsy Literary Magazine. Six of those ten years was from Germany where she was a Bohemian outcast among officer wives. She edited books by Vergin' Press, among them: Henry Miller and My Big Sur Days by Judson Crews. Former RN who has worked in Psych, Hospice and Geriatrics. Currently owner of Mystical House which has an Etsy shop and a counter in a New Age store in El Paso, Texas.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 22:22