THE DESERT IS A WOMAN (excerpt)
By Fran Fanning
The desert is a woman.
Those who do not take the time
Will never know her beauty.
Appreciate her heat.
Or comprehend her power.
If you come to learn from her
She will reward you with her ageless wisdom.
Share her warmth with you but not let you burn.
And show you the secret places where her beauty lies.
Coyote and javelina, reptile and bird
If she decides you belong to her she will nurture you.
And teach you her ways.
But be attuned to her storm clouds.
From dry riverbed to raging flood waters
She can sweep you away.
If you come when she is ready
She will bloom for you
Sometimes only in the dark of night
So like a woman
Content to blossom for her self-alone.
Come to her at sunset
And prepare to be awed by her resplendence.
From green to red and gold
Turquoise to azure
Her spectrum knows no boundaries.
Lawrence and O’Keefe,
Cather and Abbey
They sought to immortalize her.
But left such small homage to her wonders
Like infinitesimal kernels
Of her shifting sands.
Great Basin, Chihuahuan
She has many moods.
But it will be her silence and vision that will awe you.
Stand with her and feel her serenity.
Look out with her and see her depth.
Stay with her and learn her meaning.
The desert is a woman
And she will never disappoint.
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