arizona (20170518)

the air leeches the moisture from my skin
and my eyes burn in this attempt
at paradise in the desert

rabbits emerge from bushes long enough
to catch a glimpse of us then retreat
a white cotton flash to their kin

i step on sidewalks not the rust red earth
water sprays from sprinklers
and i wonder about the green when i come
from a land of drought

the wind stings my eyes
a lone rabbit–maybe the smallest of them all
has no fear
and for her i am afraid

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