The Steppe

So this is how people live in tents with painted wood

that they undo and lift and shift in the new season -

stoves and chimneys and ropes and toothbrushes

and their horses and their children.


Playing the nomad,

we shoulder rucksacks and cameras and leave

the thin desert twigs to spring up behind us

and the wind to score footprints out of the sand


where we have been.

And where is it exactly that we have been?

A real nomad carries the Centre of the Earth Pole with her

so she’s always there.