Easy to Empty My Mind Here: A Few Poems from Mongolia

Easy to Empty My Mind Here: A Few Poems from Mongolia
August 17, 2011 at 7:51pm
Flap of felt in wind
Outside, camels close their eyes
Sleep is hard to come.

Morning sun subtle
Dawn breaks without announcement
No trace of night rain.

Shimmery grasses.
Over there, pools of water
No! Only mirage.

Betsy’s Camel Ride:
Sad! Deflated humps!
Nother much left to hold !
Old woman’s flat breasts.

Dandylion tufts
Waving from my camel’s neck
Otherwise, naked.

Bright bleached bone trees
stand forlorn on stacked stone mountains.
Above: bunched sword grass.
Disturbed, geese cry out.
A legion of them
wing their way between the canyon walls.

Sundancer camel:
hide lashed and taut on sturdy poles.
Witness: bone of one leg.

Smoke from the bath house.
Water heating for our ablutions.
Smell of desert brush.

Our drying garments
are prayer flags
hung on camel rope:
boons for our journey.

Near the high dun cliffs,
white butterfly on my leg:
Request: bless my day.

Paws trace moonlit ridge:
Silent Mongolian wolf.
Below, mindful dog guards us.

About Llyn De Danaan

LLyn De Danaan is an anthropologist and author. She writes fiction and nonfiction. Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay was published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is currently a speaker for Humanities Washington.
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