Desert Air

Desert Air

A Poem by Dave Brown

On a lonely desert’s soil

A bird passed a fertile seed

A barren spot which nothing knew

Moisture was its greatest need


But moist it was enough to sprout

To start a small life anew

Then came the miracle of rain

And a small tree grew


More rain let it cling to life

With small roots spreading through

Rain would come in time, each time

And upward that tree grew


In time it became a beacon

Sought by all around

Supplying shade on hottest days

And from branches, musical sound


A community of birds and beast

And insects, made that their home

An environment grew in that place

From which they didn’t roam


Then one day there came no rain

The great tree started to fade

The leaves fell to the ground

The beasts found no shade


The branches cracked and fell

The trunk was soon to rot

For decades where it had stood

Nothing, now marked that spot


Of birds and beast, there is no trace

They’ve vanished, who knows where

All that remains in that place

Is hot sand and dry desert air




© 2019 Dave Brown

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This highlights mans greatest destruction of the planet.
Where nature can't fight back, in fact, the implosion may bring back a different mother nature.
I think time is running out and change is needed now.

Posted 2 Months Ago

Dave Brown

2 Months Ago

Thanks Paul
I am in complete agreement
Our traditionally wet area is having progressiv.. read more
Paul Bell

2 Months Ago

That hits you Dave, cos it's on your door step and totally visual.
This is a delightful read. Takes me through all the emotions of joy and happiness on to sadness and grief. Beautiful imagery of the life of a tree and how it flourishes until it is starved of a vital requirement. Made me think of us humans too, and how we can flourish with love and starve without it. Enjiyed this piece of poetry, it has so much to say. Well done Dave. Great work.


Posted 2 Months Ago

Dave Brown

2 Months Ago

Ah, you romantic!
This is based on the life of an actual tree in, I forget what desert, that .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

You are most welcome.

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Added on December 1, 2019
Last Updated on December 19, 2019


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