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DESERT SONG, a poem by Kelly Len Jonson, USA

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Kelly Len Jonson, USA

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DESERT SONG

I love it when the cactus wren
Perched upon the prickly pear
Warm their feet from the rising heat
Of the hot dry Arizona air.
To hear the coyote calls
Echo off of the canyon walls
It lets me know I’m not alone.
To smell air so sweet
Fragranced by the mesquite
Reassures me that this is home.
I hear the horned owl hoot
From an abandoned cactus boot
Here I see the lizards run, the setting sun
And all the colors of the sky.
Clouds so thin pushed by gentle winds
And pulled by snow-birds flying by
I watch the shadows of the saguaros stretch
Towards all the ambitions of the new day
And see all hopes die as the sun gets high
And retire the day as those friendly shadows
Long for the day that was
Or perhaps awaits for better morrows.

In my desert I see the roadrunners feed
And the colors bleed from clouds to sky
To mountain and finally the sandy desert ground.
I watch the javalina prowl dry river beds
Looking for flash flood’s dead
I hear the rabbits cry
When cornered by a predator’s eye
But this is only my regions nature,
Nothing more scary then any other.
But comforting here the rattler rattles.
So I won’t stand too near for its fear.
The scorpion recoils down in the soil.
So I walk on stones, there is plenty near.
Life’s water, at first elusive,
Is as the plethora of life. It rests everywhere.

There are those that call this place barren
Desolate ugly and lonely.
They suffer freezing snows, see few stars,
And barely know the length of a rainbow.
They have no appreciation for the rain.
Here they hardly notice the thousands of flowers
That blossom at all hours
And can soothe every anxiety and pain.
There is beauty abound that can bring tears to the eyes
Of a traveler looking for hope by a sign.
The jagged rock mountain that houses the sun on the horizon
Is the best comfort a lonely man can find.

At night by a billion stars and the moon
The desert is illuminated like a protective
Blanket to reveal nothing is gone.
There is a solitude and a sense of peace here
That makes it hard to leave
Even without fences between our neighbors,
Kindred spirits and my desert friends,
It’s home.

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Jacinta RamayahHi Kelly, you went beyond the barrenness of the desert and gave it a special beauty with your rich imagery, mastery of words and love for the land. Kudos to you for winning the poetry contest and a warm welcome to VoicesNet.Malaysia6/10/2012 8:35:09 AM
Susanne RowellCongrats Kelly! Your poem is very atmospheric, it really brought the spirit of the desert to the reader. Well done! Germany6/4/2012 6:59:19 AM
Thelma ZaracostasKelly fantastic images here in your poem,what more can I say that has already been said, congratulations on your win in the competitionAustralia6/3/2012 9:20:50 AM
Gail KayCONGRATULATIONS Kelly. Your poem draws the reader into the desert world and makes one wish it was 'home' too. A deserving win.Australia5/31/2012 9:13:11 PM
Marcia SchechingerCongratulations on winning the April poetry contest, it is not surprising to me, it is an excellent poem!USA5/31/2012 3:43:32 PM
Dwayne RankinKelly, the final two words sum it all up, "Its home". a great poem and one that deserves the win. Congratulations. USA5/31/2012 2:03:05 PM
VoicesNet NewsCongratulations on winning!!USA5/31/2012 10:58:59 AM
Marcia SchechingerKelly fantastic imagery of the desert in this well developed poem. Through your eyes we are able to see the stark land, the "jagged rock mountain" and the "billion stars". A beautiful tribute to your lovely home in the desert. Thank you for sharing, a wonderful poem of life! Welcome to Voicesnet Kelly.USA5/30/2012 10:44:54 AM
gary jorgensenThank you Kelly Len Jonson. It feels like I should be there. Great images. Regards, Gary.Canada4/27/2012 4:13:12 AM
 

 
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