SHADOW CATCHER

We are merely stewards of this sacred land,
here for only a moment

Touch it lightly.

Grow a sheltering roof from steel branches
and cover a patch of ground
so humans can work in the shadow.
Make it rocky and rusty
and let a bird soar through.

Make a campfire for the spirits
placed in an orchard of Redbud trees
and laced with grass that bleeds.
Ponder the sunset and listen to the steel rust.