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Desert Floor

As I look out upon the desert floor, its beauty I espy.
A lizard awaits the sun to land for its’ sunning to apply.
A mother quail runs from her hole with 7 chicks in tow.
A comedy of running feet, they are found rarely still at all.

A mother dove nests high above, in a saguaro nestled deep.
A cactus wren finds fruit up high, from a cactus she will eat.
A hawk soars high above it all, seeking a breakfast to enjoy.
As fruit trees abound in every yard, amid varied colored stones.

Geese find lakes and golf course ponds with only minor flights.
But don’t forget the smaller things that crawl within the night
The occasional snake will rear its head to look around or bite.
But in cities they are rare, preferring desert solitude and quiet.

You best be quick or miss it all, no other choice there is, I insert.
We’re not alone within these lands of desert sands and dirt.
In a place most think lost, with no more than destitute emptiness,
Is a place where people and migrating birds seek to live with cactus.

And don’t forget the forests high; with wildlife found that’s rather large.
Where bears and pumas dance each day in some one’s great backyard.
Far away a coyote runs a jackrabbit deep into the hidden earth.
As armadillos move along before found, in the daily heats rebirth.

Don’t be silly some will say… it’s only sand, and dirt, and heat.
But I know it comes with great abundance and multitudes complete.
There are those who know the truth, like you, and of course like me.
Who each day find life, and beautiful sunsets in its magical relief’s.

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  1. Date: 10/10/2012 10:30:00 AM
    I was attracted to this as I spent last winter in the mojave. No saguaro there, but many of your words sparked memories. Loved "a comedy of running feet" - how true, the little ones running around chaotically; and, "be quick or miss it all". One does learn to see things that the solitude and quiet seems to hide. Finally, "it's only sand...but...complete". So true, so foreign, so well portrayed in this verse.

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 7:58:00 AM
    This is beautiful Carol! You've woven the images very well. Love how you've described the beauty in a place where many dismiss. Very nice!

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 10:00:00 PM
    Carol, still congratulating all my sisters past contest. . Now I'm on the poets favorite poem contest.. I'm actually amazed with all these poems. I see why they are chosen as a favorite poem by other poets...a Super Congratulations here. I think I agreed with all the winners in this contest... love~PD

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 1:01:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in SKAT's "Members Favorite Poem" contest Carol E. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 4:54:00 AM
    carol a belated congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 2:49:00 PM
    beautiful poem, splendid description... congratulations on your win... Terry

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 10:29:00 AM
    This a fine poem describing desert life, Carol...I was in Tucson a few years ago and it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited...especially those sunsets! You're right, most people think of the desert as sand and dust but I know different now...congratulations on your win - Tim

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 9:40:00 AM
    Congrats on your win Carol.

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 8:59:00 AM
    Congrats on a well deserved win, Carol. Outstanding. Great job. Kudos. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 7/24/2012 2:29:00 PM
    It is amazing that animals can survive in such harsh surroundings..Great descriptive work about the topic..I am glad that I chose this one to read this afternoon..Thanks for stopping by my blog..Thanks for prayers offered...Sara