Saturday, February 04, 2006

Bab edh-Dhrá

Smooth white crystaline she
blocked on a hillcrest
against ashen clouds
Embers smolder on the plain—
a charred lust-ruin

Smokepillars slant
over brown rock
bulbous earth

Cattle, sheep
nibblesnipshufflenuzzle grass

A shifty breeze topples
the brown pillars
and herds push uphill

A grizzled, steel-wool goat
sniffs the base of the column

licks her foot

W D Burns
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