The Chisos Mountains rise above 8,000 feet in Big Bend National Park, Texas.
We stand in the desert and stare at
the Chisos Mountains reddening
in silence, each little rocky crag
and slit given emphasis with
nearby prickly pears brilliantly lit,
but perhaps the most striking thing
proves to be the way the setting sun
illuminates spiked ocotillo plants
with tiny red buds looking much like
spirits emerging from thorny shells
silhouetted by such ghostly mountains.