When prayers are offered, do not leave traces.
The dusty gods are made out of sand and pollen,
colored sand and different kinds of pollen
according to their nature, it is their nature
that determines what they are made out of,
what they are made out of does not determine their nature.
Sand and pollen have made the dusty gods,
with wind and sunlight they have been making these gods,
it has taken forever, that’s why these gods are immortal.
Now I wipe away the sand and pollen, look, now the dusty gods are gone,
you will have forgotten about them before my song ends, look!
Image: Navajo rug, author unknown, date unknown. (No, it’s not a drypainting. It’s wool. Sue me.) I believe this image to be unprotected by copyright in the United States; in any event, the rug is in the collection of the San Diego Museum of Man, whose photograph of the item is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.