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"Blowing Sand May Exist"
(Highway sign near Clovis, New Mexico)

All she knew was that grit got in her eye.
Her husband, who was driving, thought
it had been written by a frustrated philosopher.

He came straight home and wrote an essay—
forty pages—on all its possible meanings.
She had been meditating as they whizzed by.

She didn’t even see it. “If it may exist,”
he reasoned, “it also may not.” 
We were out on the desert, like life.

We were out where we all need reminders
and signs. And after reading them we think
of heeding. Warned, we wait for the wind.

- The Paris Review / Blue, Candled in January Sun

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