Friday, November 15, 2013

The White Camels of Somalia

The camels of Somalia are white and lap sand like water
as they trundle their burdens between the dark gray grassland

and whatever color eternity is. Their milk is sweet as orange
marmalade. They butcher easily, bleed-out quickly, and their meat

tastes like honey if you cut away the fat for candles that sparkle
and smoke the blackest black smoke. The camels of Somalia stampede

before storms despite the affection of their Gabran handlers, who weather
mile upon mile of wind and grit and weep against the scars on their eyes.

Off the Coast - Fall 2013

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