Soul perception earth damped,
smell of flowers; sage, cedar, mugwort.
Semblance shatters obsidian mirrors.

Sky red dawn in songs and stories
are indestructible.
Five pointed star.
Atop earthen dome willow reeds:

sixteen mystery lodge
Lakota songs last forever.
Only know what one has breathed.

Jose Trejo Maya was born in Celaya, Guanajuato Mexico and spent his first eight years in the small, neighboring rural pueblo of Tarimoro. In 1988, his family and he migrated to California, where he would go on to earn three degrees and develop a passion for ethno-poetic language poetry. Among his inspirations, he includes the ancient poet Netzahualcoyotl and contemporary Guatemalan poet Humberto Akā€™Abal. He has been published in the Nimrod International Poetry Journal, Belleville Park Pages, Star 82 Review, Visions International Review, Lost Coast Review, Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose, and Altadena Poetry Review, among others.