Desert Dwellers


Desert Dwellers

Desert dwellers learn to cope

Or they will all just die

While windy vistas grant them hope

From the searing dry


But then, they can’t afford to let

Clouds become obsession

Or they would never ever get

Things done till rain’s next session.


How many times horizon’s glance

Seems to offer structured hope

For with the cloud there comes the chance

To walk some greening slope


And yet, gray day or purple eve

Withholds the answered prayer

I’ve asked myself, ”Why don’t they leave?”

But they’re accustomed to live there.


Accustomed to their chronic need

The dry mouth parched sensation

Accustomed to habitual plead

Without any answering hydration


I moved into my desert home

On wings of desperation

Forgive my urge to sudden roam

Without a destination


I’m one of those grown tired of thirst

Of some saving watering draft

I prayed you please to love me first

But in answer, you just laughed.


Sardonic that such clear request

Met no answering explaination;

It’s not you didn’t love me best

But, a damned fool’s expectation.

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carynontherhine commented on Desert Dwellers


A dry land you describe and always the expectations.of love. Or of our lover. Your imagination just keeps me in utter awe Harvy. Bravo! Hugz



there is a song I learned to sing in High School Chorale, something about "Cool, clear, water." All day I've faced the barren waste without a taste of water, cool clear, water." and then come the parading mirages. . . Harv

ginga commented on Desert Dwellers


Harver, A creative take on life in the desert. This reads like a personal letter to a friend in the rainforest and what one endures in a dry desert. ginga

Stardrift commented on Desert Dwellers


Hey, Harv! I love this conceit of geology and psychology. And as Brokenheart said, I liked the unpredicted and adept weave of the close with the title. I'm guessing you're an especially big fan of Robert Frost (?). Do you have any other desert writes? So, let me see if I can misunderstand this correctly: couples should never move to deserts? Lol! Btw, thank you for your recent comment on "Aquafire". This is a CAT-10 desert brainstorm! God bless.



thanks stardrift, you left a thoughful paragraph. I do like Robert Frost. I have written at leastone other "desert" poem. "Gonna Be a Dry Day." I may have taken it off this site, or it may be on the list still. I can always send you a copy if it isn't here. Harv

Hampton commented on Desert Dwellers


You have already received a ton of cudo's for your use of metaphors so I shall simply say "ditto". I always enjoy reading your work.



Dittos is kudos in shorthand, when imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Harv



Kudo's with a C shame on me.

Olan01 commented on Desert Dwellers


Supplications for the nectar of life; love, sometimes is granted, sometimes denied leaving a bitter taste in our mouth but the body and soul adjusts to its arid environs out of necessity. I went to Arizona to find a place to live for I longed all my life to live in the desert air. Once there I found I missed my lush green grass of home and the frequent rain. I was also allergic to every flower that bloomed in the blooming desert and returned home. Your use of metaphors is excellent in this poem. Love, peace and freedom, Olan.



We are, of course, talking about the emotional life when two people actually meet one another's needs. The desert gets damned because of inefficient or subversive communication patterns. But I really enjoyed your counter story about allergies!

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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