Desert, a place that is a verb,
a going, a nothingness, a can’t
believe there’s life out here,
way out here, out where
there are no insides, just out-
sides of plants all dry and faded,
“We worship the sun, everyone
can see that.” Out here, a human
is the most permeable thing alive.
Skin over mostly water. Walking,
squinting to hold it all in.
Carcass, cactus, chameleon: what stays.