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First Line: The burros soak in the sun
Last Line: They shall be standing between rimrock and sky.
Subject(s): Donkeys; Sante Fe, New Mexico; Burros

The burros soak in the sun.
They shed all its color as a duck will shed rain.
They are gray and brown with black crosses on backs and on shoulders.
Shadows of crosses they helped carry here from Spain.

They crossed the desert on dry trails,
And their shadows went with them every foot of the way.
They are as old as an ass that went to Egypt,
Carrying a woman and her man child; and here today.

They stand in the Plaza at Santa Fé,
Loaded down with wood that kindles living fires.
Give one sun and water and dry forage for his finding,
And a master not too hard; he has all he desires.

The burros stand still in the sun.
Motor cars madly pass them by.
But when the last motor car rusts and is done with,
They shall be standing between rimrock and sky.

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