The delectable names of harsh places:
Cilicia Aspera, Estremadura.
In that smooth wave of cello-sound, Mojave,
We hear no ill of brittle parch and glare.
So late October's pasture-fringe.
With aster-blur and ferns of toasted gold.
Invites to barrens where the crop to come
Is stone prized upward by the deepening freeze.