Michael Jack O’Brien
I pump diesel into my
while the old boy on the other side of the island
pumps diesel into his
both of us bitching about the price
when he up and says he’s from
and this is his last trip anyhow.
He is dying, maybe.
Death Valley ignores us,
as its wildflowers-
desert gold, crimson cactus,
purple phacelia, desert five-spot
of the funeral mountains.
Michael Jack O’Brien has been placing poems for over fifty years, most recently in Blue Heron Review, Caesura, Colloquial, The Ravens Perch, and Gravel. Also, his poems have been included in a new anthology: Phoenix: Out of Silence and Then. When he isn’t hiking near Santa Rosa, California witnessing how forests have responded to fire, he babysits grandchildren, learning their language.