Desert Desert stretches. No water over the horizon Or tomorrow. Be self-sufficient. Austere retreat, where His tenets are magnified To make Him palpable. Desert expands. Green oasis gardens slit up Or deteriorate. Be self-conscious. His name does not pacify strife between men For a place of grandeur. Desert dunes move. Like corruption now here Or next there. Be self-protective. Domiciles are dug out with shovels and buckets For shielding, muddy walls. Desert dust climbs. It rolls on in yellow clouds Around the globe. Be self-critical. Billions of micro-crystals are raining, grinding To question His instructions.