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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Salt

kneel where jesus was baptised by john, drink the weight of your sins and strip to elemental depths It is always silent in the sea of death, let the stale salt cake in your wounds, drink the water of the holy land heal your wounds between desert hills only to find you have been swallowing…

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