XYZT, 273–276


The Yazidi Mountains


Ēzidi, people of the Peacock Angel, greet you.
You must travel some distance.
First, remove anything you are wearing that is blue.
In case you have packed a snack, do not bring lettuce or okra. If you have either, dig a hole in the ground and bury it before proceeding.
Make sure not to utter the word ‘Satan’ on your journey.
Do not spit on the earth, in water, or into a fire.
Release the animal from its pole and mount.
Mule knows the way.

The open clearing, the negligible winding trail, mountains in the background—I’m definitely alone, except for the mule…