City-desert nightwalk

Early summer, late at night
Pleasant sweet-smelling air
Clouds veiling a half-lit moon
Scorpius crawling up the sky
Tree-hid birds awake chirping
Lone dog barking in its yard
Startled stray cats darting
Crickets playing insistent songs
Quiet of people gone to bed
Mellow breezes gently stirring
Damp-grass lawns subtly cooling
Street lights too brightly illuming
Saguaro blooms softly glowing

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 May 11th

O! Nature

Nature —
exquisite beauty and elegance
antique yet fresh

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 May 6th, blackout poetry created from “Pericles,” The Harvard Classics: Plutarch’s Lives, 1937, page 49, published from the Dryden’s Clough translation, 1859