I came trembling
the first time we meet.
Across the sacred snow covered desert
sagebrush, red rocks, and vast skies.

Your bitter kiss filled me
with ecstatic love,
an encounter with true romance.

Holding my hand
through the valley of darkness
shining fresh light
on this dark cloak
wrapped around me
with warmth and weight
woven by grief and praise
of ancestors and Earth.

Only in the darkness
can I see you.
Penetrating my DNA
signing that beautiful song.
We becoming Earth together
when I die.