Reflecting On Time Spent In The Desert

Reflecting On Time Spent In The Desert

A Poem by James

The desert heat in July
is much the same as it is in May,
I've felt it in both months,
dry, stifling -- dry, and cold at night.

The desert tortoise comes out;
I've found him during the day
in the shade of a creosote bush
half in and half out of his dug burrow. 

When I was twenty-two
I didn't see the beauty 
in the sand carved monuments,
the mountain steps

draped in crimson tones, 
backlit with a setting sun --
A soldier on a rocky hillside
can stop to take a breath,

A moments rest and a blink 
to capture the scene;
a picture not viewed again
for twenty years.

Distance is false in the heatwaves
the dust from marching feet
rises like smoke from a wildfire
Men look like shimmering ghosts in the cloud
and in my memory, they fade away.

© 2017 James



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I love the way this is a nice blend of describing the desert observations with vivid word choices, while also imparting those momentary spiels of imagination that can be sparked in one's mind as we gaze & enjoy such a scene *smile* (((HUGS)))

Posted 6 Months Ago


i think there's a lot of depth to this one, i comes from a very personal place - fourth verse is so good

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

James

6 Months Ago

So glad you enjoyed this one. I didn't know how else to describe it.
A moments rest and a blink
to capture the scene;
a picture not viewed again
for twenty years.

This stanza really stood out to me for the simple reason that it reminded me of the importance of the moment. well done!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

James

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Really glad you enjoyed this poem.
this is a beautiful and vivid poem...had me humming
the Ramrods' song "Ghost Riders in the Sky"

like a desert mirage...they are there, then they are not...

it is hard to see the beauty of a landscape when war is polluting it with death...
j.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

James

6 Months Ago

I'm glad you liked this one, Jacob. I haven't been around much, sorry for the late reply.

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James

The Beach, NC



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