Yes, Here

David Sheridan

No,
Not in a sacred grove.
In a desert.
Not a dead sand-duned desert
Not a Beau Geste desert,
A burrowing owl, bighorned ram desert.
A flowering female verbena desert.
Nights, star-vaulted.
Artesian-pooled mornings.
Mid-day rockshade.
A breathing space,
Not for hiding.
A place to meet
And swap lies.

 

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