for Cathie

turn, he tells himself,
as Sierra Madre drifts

into sunset. turn

because this is
the motion of all things

& he is anything

but immune.
turn because immunity

is not sacrament —

it is
the unspoken depravity

of the less than faithful.

turn because
immunity is safety

& safety is anathema

to any meaningful
vein of sacred.

turn because the mountains

are spinning shadow,
shadow is where

conviction becomes grace,

& he can no longer love
what keeps him

from his journey.