Santa Ana

Santa Ana



Breath febrile

but odorless, the wind

as it shoves you aside

feels like burlap.


Dust instead of ashes…


Must be a pilgrim

back from the south,

disillusioned by

a derelict shrine—


unhealed and

bitterly impenitent.



Don Thompson


Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks, most recently, A San Joaquin Almanac (Main Street Rag).  The Art of Stone Axes, a collection of quatrains, some of which appeared  originally in Ariel Chart, will be released this summer from Broadstone Books. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at


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