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Instructions for a Desert Walk

Ignore your thirst and take my hand. 
Let my thorns pierce your swollen feet. 
Crack my scalp open, you'll see the skull of Earth. 
My skin is broken, it helps me breathe the heat. 
Put your faith in my plans of dust: 

In a Joshua's claw, you'll find a buzzard's egg, 
the heavy yolk will ease your lizard tongue. 
But when all that's left is the coyotl howl, 
give up your bones, become the sand.