How to find water in the desert
To find water in the desert,
Surrender yourself and run,
Braids swinging at your back.
Surrender to the cool damp air,
To the willows brushing between your legs,
To the tamarisk tangled in your hair.
Let your knees sink into the wet clay
Pray for grief,
Pray for forgiveness from the land and
Pray that rocks may scrape your shins as you scramble and
Pray that you may dream
Of glistening potholes and trickling springs,
Sacred and sweet.
Then climb canyon walls,
Letting red sand slip beneath you.
Pause to imagine yourself a purple aster,
A fragile blessing amidst thick snake grass,
But continue onwards and upwards,
Rising up and down the sandstone dunes
In gentle faith.