Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Requiem for a Desert

the sun is on the plain
and nothing walks upon it

grasses shiver and the voles sleep,
vipers rest in their cold coils

there is nothing that lives
that does not cast down its bones

there are thorns for the sufferer,
a moment in the farthest reaches of a man

where the sweep of a prairie can carry him back
a thousand years

he feels the dust between his fingers
and tears in his eyes when the wind finds him alone

it will bloom in the spring, things close to the ground,
life tugging, coaxing it for another year

a desert dies in the winter
but it is not death

there are men who do not see its life,
who will tear it down in an hour

an ungodly demolition for a bottle of wine

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