Or­gan Moun­tains

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books - Caitlin Mal­ing

I saw light­ning strike a plane once and thought it’s de­signed to take it, expects it, how it al­ways rains the first week of July in Cruces and I al­most step on a snake drag­ging a lizard off the path, watch­ing the black roll in, de­bat­ing whether to turn higher up the stone or risk the lower of the ar­royos. Ear­lier this week a sad man told me about an elec­troshock ex­per­i­ment on rats. The ones that knew the shock was com­ing went crazy. The ones shocked in ig­no­rance sur­vived. I am not a rat. This weather un­fa­mil­iar, storm flow­ing, moun­tains around me like a hy­per­baric cham­ber, the light­ning stay­ing mostly in the clouds and I re­treat to my car to sit not touch­ing any me­tal dread­ing the sound it will make when, if, it hits.

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