Old Ghost
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Q’ldbth’p was an old ghost.
It had never lived, and
it could not be said if it was truly dead.
But it had wandered the deserts for a time
before the Quaternary, now perching
like a gargoyle atop the cacti.

It watched the sun rise,
light shooting across the cracked earth
in an instant.
Q’ldbth’p remembered
when this was riverbed,
when the deep-skinned peoples
chased megatherium and eohippus
into the waters to drown them.
Q’ldbth’p never saw them now.
Sometimes,
it would see their footprints.
It would walk in them,
following the path,
until they came to a road

and disappeared.

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