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The Desert Sands

Dry terrain


The dust of the desert

The dust of the desert swirls around the mountains
Dry twigs are caught up in the breeze and sand
The clouds gather but produce no rain
Menacingly withhold it again and again

Only the desert insects and animals
have acclimatised themselves to the terrain
Cracked dry river beds and canyons so deep
The parched grasses long for the rain

Eagles soar overhead their cries
resounding in the empty caverns and spaces
Vultures keenly watch and look for food
Life in the desert is not so good

Eventually the clouds roll in and
release their pent up moisture
Rivers and wadis rage and plough through the sand
Mountains gush with overflow

The desert is glad
for the duration is short
but never taken for granted
They make the most of each droplet
For which for months they sought

Animals move in and drink their fill
Earth and sky have come together
even just for a while enjoying the weather
Till the dry season appears
And the red hot sun the desert sand sears.

Endless sand


Lonely Footprint


Lonely desert plant


Inhospitable Dry and arid Plains

The endless sand as far as the eye can see, interspersed with succulents and hardy plants.

Glistening Plant



Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on September 24, 2020:

Thanks Brenda. Yes the desert is rather an inhospitable place. Not much can thrive in that intense heat.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 24, 2020:

You describe it well.

Just thinking of the desert makes me uncomfortable. All that heat...insects...swirling deser sand.

Not my kinda place.

Hace a great day.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on September 22, 2020:

Thanks so much, Lorna, for your appreciation for my desert post and art.

Lorna Lamon on September 22, 2020:

The desert can be so unforgiving and yet your poem highlights it's beauty as well. Lovely paintings Diana.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on September 21, 2020:

Thank you Ankita. So pleased you found my poem inspiring about the desert and its conditions.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on September 21, 2020:

Thanks Peggy for your positive comment. Pleased you liked the poems and photos too .

Ankita B on September 21, 2020:

You have described the beauty of a desert wonderfully. I especially loved the second last stanza. Lovely.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2020:

You have portrayed the parched desert sands, plants, and animals happily drinking in liquid sustenance from the skies when it rains. I enjoyed your poem and photos.

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