Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

         Dream Cycle     

by Debbi Brody

In tonight’s tattered rag dream,
a Northern Harrier flaps, zigs, zags
in the shadow between brown stones.

Tomorrow, awake, wonder about
all the talk of mind body connection.
The mind is in the body, of the body.
No chatter of bone/body connection, 
heart body/connection, blood/body

Tomorrow, a summer dream, 
the Harrier on a rooftop, claws
barely clasp the edge. A small
triangle of blue sky from the last
dream, an unending lagoon, 
a calamine of turquoise.

Now, awake, you know
the almond is its own twin.
Yield to the end of imagined
friendship, shed the box turtle’s 
forty year illusion of love exchanged.
Forget the trans-section of your soul, 
the tractor in your throat.

On a third night, complete the dream
cycle, paint a house pink as an embrace.
On the ledge of a roof set out
eight purple candles of fortune.
The Harrier flies off, turtle in its claws.
A green nut falls to the dirt.
Dinosaur bones.
Debbi Brody is an avid attendee and leader of poetry workshops throughout the Southwest, USA. She has been published in numerous national and regional journals, magazines and anthologies of note including Poetica, Broomweed, Sin Fronteras. Her newest full length poetry book, In Everything, Birds, (Village Books Press, OKC, OK, 2015) is available at independent bookstores across the US and at the usual on-line purchase sites. Debbi was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University in 1979, the same year she married. She and her husband have one grown son and a daughter-in-law. They have resided in New Mexico since 1991. Debbi works at a small scientific research and development laboratory in Santa Fe. She can be reached at [email protected]