A Thinking Desert

wild burro scat dry in
a dusty arroyo, all
Joshua tree agitprop
and pack scattered pebbles

the clay pan oval dip
in star shine chills
morning shrike takes a lizard
from the lip of its shadow

track dimpled sand dunes
and mesa notched horizon
it cut your sign long after
you quit for humid shores

cloudless, near skyless
zephyr snatched flower seed
evening primrose and brittlebush
articulate and thoughtless

parchment bears no autograph
it bucks, it shuns the deed
its sand a shifting document
lacking much, still wanting less


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