Dunes

A song is muffled under the weight of thousands of tons of sand under the weight rocks break and on the limestone, I lay listening to the night we cannot see our hands before us but they are orange stained from the dust that coats the wild dog’s fur and sifts between the camel’s lashes…

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Camouflage

midday sun melts like silk in thin limestone crevices squint between the folds of your kufiyah protect yourself from the sand, military presence hidden in desert hills destruction in the desert a warm breeze brings home the faint smell of gold

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Roots

as the façade slips away, shaking off the loose soil, you stand. scraping the dirt built up beneath unkempt nails, you were once comfortable here. memories fray like strings: tendrils now tiny threads thin and frail. carve a hole from sand. construct a dusty semblance of home. from sediment and rock, snakes replace the insects…

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Desert Daze

I am in love with the desert. The jagged canyon walls and sandstone mountains surround you in a world of muted reds and pinks. You come home to the city covered in dust: orange stains between your toes and fingers and you are pulling grit out of the ends of your hair. Dark orange sand…

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