nowhere is nowhere

the expression
“the middle of nowhere”
is dangerous

this nowhere
is somewhere
to someone
to something
to the grasses which
have learned so well
how to old onto water
to the birds that
can spot a lizard
from a quarter mile above
to the people who
pass through or
struggle to stay

every nowhere
is a somewhere

do not call a place
just because
there are no
shiny buildings
and the only running
water is deep
deep underground
if there is any there
at all

the desert is not nowhere

the forest is not nowhere

no land is nowhere