Thirst

When I leave
I’ll take my desert with me
*
To carry the desert in your heart
is to carry a smoldering sunset
and a smoldering sunrise
it is to carry the weight of poetic words
unwritten
undocumented
*
The desert is heavy
with all its emptiness
yet its marvel is that
it does not resemble a shallow vase
but a place of wonder
a land of divine revelation
*
the desert is a curse
and a blessing
it is around you but you cannot see it
it is present yet not really there
Do not wait for the desert to reveal itself
like it reveals everything else
the desert is no mother
yet we are its children
it loves you but knows no commitment
it screams
but is solemn
hidden
yet exposed
*
we can only be free
once we recall
how the desert belongs to no one
and because we are the children of this desert
we, too, belong to no one

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