Prayer in the Desert

Relent to me, relentless land, of which I made my home, whose pounding pulse still carries me, me, wicked and alone.

You are, Oasis, within me, the land of sand and bone, you are, Oasis, keeping me, Oasis, you are Home.

Home, outside, Oasis, in, Oasis, flesh and bone, whose breath still lingers on the wind, whose soil is richest loam,

Now grow in me, Oasis, grow, grow in me tree, a tree whose roots come up from you, Oasis, within me.

And keep this tree alive and well, within my barren land, and keep with it, Oasis, keep it safe from heat and sand,

Until this tree brings forth the fruit, the fruit that you have sown, to you, Oasis, I will be the greatest thing you’ve grown.

You are, Oasis, within me, Oasis, you are Home; now spread, Oasis, with your tree, the seeds that I have sown;

Relent to me, relentless land, of which I made my home, and Oasis, jealously, will ne’er leave alone.

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