Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

         Old Water

by Sarah Wolbach

All day under acrobat swallows I sit, my own feather circus un-trapezed
while the birds lift beakfuls of mud to their nests along the eaves.
 
I swirl with my tongue the saliva of my ancestors.  
Some water beneath me is 30,000 years old, and some fell yesterday, mattering
 
to the birds. In the salt flats of the Atacama, the driest place
on Earth, is a brackish pool where brine shrimp breed,
 
gulped by pink flamingos.
 
    
Sarah Wolbach lived for many years in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she led poetry workshops for gringos and taught English to employees at a mushroom factory. Her work has been published in  Comstock Review, Yalobusha Review, Malpais Review, Pilgrimage, Southwestern American Review, Arcturus, and Thema. She lives in New Mexico.