Kat McIver: Spread Your Wings, courtesy Santa Fe Clay

An archaeologist, digging along migrant trails

in sand & caliche, uncovered (among

myriad objects) an evening dress,

pink hair curlers, a pair of high heel shoes.

He says on the radio that early immigrants

probably underestimated the arduous

nature of their journey ... as he

underestimates a woman's resolve

to be beautiful. Now he has prize money

stuffed in his prospector's pockets, enough

to pay for staff & further research. &

what of Our Lady of Evening Clothes?

I imagine she made it (to Tucson or maybe

Las Cruces) & dreams, as she works,

of her beautiful shoes dancing a sad tango.