in the desert,
color blooms in dense clumps
among scrubby sands
bisected by tail drag
snake skin, rusty barbed wire
in red sand
the rising fire ball,
a silent knell
warmed by the rising sun
chase the lie
Play it out, like a six-gun Western.
Let the sun hang in the mid-day sky.
Have him search for a cool-water cistern.
Croaking and choking that “the end is nigh.”
Hand him a glimpse of clear, clean water,
but let the mirage vanish into sand.
Trotting up to it as lamb to slaughter,
let him know he’s surely been damned.
Then he’ll succumb to a parched stupor.
The light fades from that cowboy’s eyes.
No spur-jangle of a nearing trooper,
but dark clouds off in the western skies.
A good story would see him wake with droplets on his cheeks.
But this ain’t that kind of story, the desert plays for keeps.
Cubes of sand
Tumble on a tiny scale
Only in a land of sand
could it kneel
Grain of sand
Do you miss the sea
from whence you came?
How will you go?
zebra stripes in the sand