A large and rather beautiful antelope (lie down in your own doing)

Today on talk radio,
the host spoke of an oryx
Not a bird, he said, to someone who thought it was.
A large and rather beautiful antelope.

Something about this caught me.
To be a large and rather beautiful antelope
doesn’t seem like such an unreasonable thing to be.

Ink-stained interloper
in the most beautiful of ways
Unleashed in the world,
casting long shadows on the desert
hoofing up holes in the sand
only to kneel to no one
and lie, cool,
in your own doing.

-jules
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If you gave me a choice between
water and approval
I’d choose thirst.

If you gave me a coin
for every time I kicked sand
over my spirit
because I thought you didn’t approve
I’d be a king.

And if I’d used every pile of that sand
to create castles instead of glass
I’d have a kingdom.

-jules

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