The mission bells ring in the desert
summoning the scorpions to mass.
Tumbleweeds fill the pews
and a coyote leads the prayers.
Salvation is in the red hills.
Salvation is in the blue sky.
All who are humble
can achieve this majesty.
(appeared previously in Sketchbook)
Bio: Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory from 1986 to 2010. His books and chapbooks include Suckers, For the Birds, Longing for the Mother Tongue, Waltz of the Meatballs, and Her Eyes.