Fangs and Claws

Winter has fangs and claws. My people have known this forever. It’s not winter so much, though, really, as it is what inhabits it. Lives in it. Hides in it. […]

Founding Father

There are days when the sun doesn’t rise so much as it erupts. A founding father of the flames, he sends them shooting high above the peaks, a lava flow […]

Enchantment

It’s a daily thing. Forget the slogan; half the state has no idea what it means, and the other half is busy trying to destroy it. There are places where […]

Together

We are a team. We soar together.             All content copyright Aji Wings, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may be used for any purpose […]

Long Enough to Say Hello Again

Full zoom. Impossible to see through the viewfinder. It appeared to be a golden; nothing else is large enough. Instead, two reds lately absent, just long enough to say hello […]

Owl

A new spirit came to visit this morning. As the clouds lifted, Owl peered out from behind the head of The Old Man. He has never appeared in this form […]

Love In the Silence

While the storm gathers, the world waits. Wind rises and falls like the breath of the cosmos. The mountain turns blue, not with cold but with the shadow of low-hanging […]

Sunflowers

A stand of dead sunflowers Is an early bluebird’s throne.             All content copyright Aji Wings, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may be used […]

Conjurer

Bringer of the sun become consort of the snow, Conjurer of worlds out of a cauldron made of wood.               All content copyright Aji […]

The Mystery

It is The Invisible, the land where the spirits dwell. We live at the feet of the place where life begins and ends. On some mornings, the clouds show you […]

Seven Years

Seven years ago I left in winter Came home in spring And the land was scalped. Raw, Bare skin, dermal cells now dust blowing in gale-force winds. No grama, no […]

Above the Waterline

Come up for air Head held high Swim above the waterline Survive           All content copyright Aji Wings, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may be […]

Thaw

Melted ice, light, heart, memory. Going home again, in the twilit waters of the thaw.         All content copyright Aji Wings, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein […]

Clouds, Not Waves

This is what happens when others presume to speak for us: What gets presented as “fact” is flatly wrong. What did they expect from a land-locked high desert world? They’re […]

Old

We are conditioned to think of age as a negative. It’s not merely a bad thing-in-itself; it’s the not-thing. Not-young is not-manly, not-womanly, not-peak, not-prime. Even as adulthood gets further […]

Formation

Light and shadow. Gate and fence; barrier and portal. Tears wept by the trees; blood drawn by the thorns of the barbed-wire fence. While I worked this afternoon, I listened […]

Nevermore

The Super Bowl means nothing. There are no patriots, not in this lot. Eagles? The raptors are insulted. And this owl silliness, the game with the name? Owls ain’t all […]