Tuesday, May 23, 2023

(Hiking) Arizona


Photo © 2023 Jennifer Wagner

My second favorite color

is explosive

and luscious.


I don’t know if I like

the dirt it leaves

on my shoes.

I’m torn.


It means I’ve walked

through it

and lived to tell


but the chili powder heat

is a hell

all its own.


Hesperidium marmalade,

sandstone, cider, spice

against a spotty blue leopard sky.




My palms turn sepia from the reach,

and though the beauty is a beast,


I know it was always meant

to be a part of me,


like a blazing sun,

like love,



my skin sings

even while it burns.



© 2023 Jennifer Wagner


Photo © 2023 Jennifer Wagner



  1. As the Good Witch advises, there's no place like home, whether you started there or ended up there, it's where you feel most yourself. :-)

  2. OMG! This is such an amazing poem. It captures the vast expanses, the thankless topography and the bold living and love that it manifests. Brilliant! I absolutely love it.

  3. Jennifer, the color words alone in this are downright brilliant! love it.

  4. This is absolutely beautiful Jennifer. You left your hike with a beautiful poem in your heart!

  5. Beautiful, Jen. It's been years. I hope all is well.

  6. My skin is burning while reading this. Love this part:

    but the chili powder heat

    is a hell

    all its own.


Thank you for your thoughts!