A Few of Us in the Desert, Listening
Photo Credit: Pierre Metivier
He sat opposite us with his elbows on the table
Idly picking apart the fish with his fingers
Throwing the pieces into the wicker baskets
That someone had found and lined with vellum.
His eyes were like pebbles under water
As he talked of the wilderness in his heart
The weary struggle against the void.
We forgave him because his skinny arms,
Browned from the desert, were like hempen rope and
Hid mercy amongst the fine blond hairs.
Eternity won't be like that at all he told us,
Ripping more bread into pieces and cursing
Suddenly, his fate, which was to be among us.