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I wander the desert alone

Aimlessly I meander in expansive barren-landscape
Whipped by the assault of rustling windy gales
Embossing sandy designs resembling ocean waves
Simulating pools of water in mirage of seascapes.

Plateaus upon reddish hills reveal cracked earth
Where decaying mangled-trees in rising heat groan
As cobalt-blue sky yields to darkened dye of dusk
And blistering winds blur vision whirling sandy dust.

From the apex of ordinary I intently walked off
Letting thirst of quest confound my whereabouts;
Lost and hungry now, signs of life I strive for
Hearing the chirps of crickets and croaks of frogs.

Exhausted I fall besides flowering cactus plants
Hosting frightened thoughts of dehydrated pleas
Awakening to twittering sounds amid birdsongs
Rising in breeze from distant oasis of Joshua trees.

As the daybreak on hazy skies paints golden sunrise
Trekking for miles and miles audacity reaches hope
Dispensing staggering words incapable to explain
Dysfunction now longing for embrace of mundane.

September 30, 2018
First place in I wander the desert alone contest, sponsored by Edward Ibeh
Also, placed first in standard contest #140 by Brian Strand
NOTE: Joshua trees are found in Mojave desert in California.

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Date: 12/2/2018 7:51:00 PM
Vijay, enjoyed reading this this wonderful well written poem that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty. Congratulations on your 1st place win.
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Date: 10/24/2018 2:21:00 PM
Belated congratulations on your 1st place win. Your words evoke such vivid imagery that I felt I was traveling with you. Well done. My best. Deb
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Date: 10/15/2018 2:50:00 PM
Congratulations for your win Vijay!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/15/2018 3:05:00 PM
Thank you Heidi.
Date: 10/15/2018 1:26:00 PM
- I knew it ... 1st place in the contest !!! - Congratulations, Vijay :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/15/2018 3:05:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Lise.
Date: 10/15/2018 4:33:00 AM
I am so happy to know you were awarded first place for this poem Vijay! Congratulations on your deserving win!: )
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/15/2018 6:46:00 AM
Thank you Connie.
Date: 10/15/2018 1:37:00 AM
You my friend, have painted a masterpiece with this superbly crafted offering! A fav... paint on my talented friend, paint on....
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/15/2018 6:45:00 AM
Thank you Robert.
Date: 10/14/2018 6:58:00 PM
Your words seem to capture many moments and emotions for me. I am happy to see that this poem has won. It is well deserved. Congratulations Vijay. ~ Brandy
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/15/2018 6:45:00 AM
Thank you Brandy.
Date: 10/14/2018 6:32:00 PM
Congrats on your top win with this beautiful imagery, Vijay.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/15/2018 6:45:00 AM
Thank you Line.
Date: 10/10/2018 5:39:00 AM
Hi Vijay, such powerful imagery comes through your words in the excellent write. I read your words and I am in the heart of your poetic canvas. I would say that this little gem shall do well in the contest Vijay. Wishing you good luck my friend. May your pen ever run gold. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Your friend....Mike.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/11/2018 6:07:00 AM
Thank you my friend--your generous feedback is much appreciated.
Date: 10/9/2018 1:22:00 PM
Your desert imagery is captivating, Vijay. Sometimes we feel the need to get away from it all...but no man s an island! Regards // paul
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/11/2018 6:06:00 AM
Thank you Paul for your kind feedback--appreciate it, as always.
Date: 10/9/2018 12:21:00 AM
Reading the poem was like scanning a portrait on desert, beautiful poem indeed.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/11/2018 6:05:00 AM
Thank you Aniruddha..appreciate the visit and feedback.
Date: 10/8/2018 9:12:00 AM
Wow. This is very powerful.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/8/2018 12:41:00 PM
Thank you Kai..appreciate the feedback.
Date: 10/4/2018 12:51:00 PM
Your imagery is anything but barren Vijay!!! I am thirsty just reading it. I bet you do very well in the contest !!!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/4/2018 3:51:00 PM
Thank you Mike..appreciate the kind words.
Date: 10/4/2018 9:19:00 AM
It is like you took me there... Great imagery Vijay..
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/4/2018 9:39:00 AM
Thank you Silent One. Glad to see you in this space.
Date: 10/4/2018 7:57:00 AM
Truly a winner in my eyes Vijay, you are a wordsmith and a Master of free Verse. I loved the bringing in of the Joshua tree. I see Winner stamped all over this wondrous poem, so imaginatively penned. Loved it from beginning to end and a fave for me. Good luck....Maria hugs
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/4/2018 9:39:00 AM
I'm delighted by your visit and generous comments, Maria. Thank you for your support.
Date: 10/3/2018 8:00:00 AM
- It sounds so beautiful ... you can enjoy this beauty alone, but ... double revelation if you have one to share with - A wonderful writing, Vijay - Best wishes in the contest, a winning poem in my eyes :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/3/2018 2:40:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Lise. You bring smiles with your comments..many thanks.
Date: 10/3/2018 7:54:00 AM
Another beauty from your golden pen, Vijay. I adore how your poem comes full circle from wanting escape from the mundane to craving the embrace of the mundane. As always, your intense and exquisite imagery leaves me awe-inspired. A brilliant and artistic piece. Best wishes for a win.. ~Susan
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/3/2018 2:39:00 PM
I am very happy to read your generous comments..appreciate your visit..many many thanks, Susan.
Date: 10/2/2018 5:06:00 PM
Vivid description of heart-wrenching scene, Vijay! Janice
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/2/2018 5:56:00 PM
Thank you Janice..appreciate the feedback.
Date: 10/2/2018 3:09:00 PM
happy early wednesday in my side of town, vijay...huggs
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/2/2018 5:56:00 PM
Happy day to you as well, nette.
Date: 10/2/2018 11:54:00 AM
WOW! Vijay, You penned good poem for the contest theme. The imagery is excuted well. You used the given words to convey an compelling story. I really missed reading your skillful pen. I wish you the best of luck in the contest:-) Alexis
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/2/2018 1:33:00 PM
Thank you Alexis..appreciate the feedback. My best wishes for you.
Date: 10/2/2018 7:48:00 AM
Wow... This is just wonderful... Nice flow, great imagery... Thoroughly enjoyed...
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/2/2018 1:32:00 PM
Thank you Supraja. Appreciate the feedback.
Date: 10/1/2018 10:50:00 PM
One would definitely long for the mundane, Vijay; a well done poem that flows like a river; you pull out the agony that being dehydrated in the hot dessert would bring.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/2/2018 7:24:00 AM
So glad you recognize some of the emotions desert land evokes..many thanks for your comments, as always, M.L.K.
Date: 10/1/2018 7:01:00 PM
I know the desert well Vijay as my mother in law lived in Landers, CA.. She had Joshua trees and blooming catus in her garden. It was just beautiful! Your first stanza had me riveted to read more. A very lovely poem Vijay! : )
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/2/2018 7:21:00 AM
Glad you can relate to parts of the poem..very nice to hear how you recognize the imagery..nicer still, to read your comments..many thanks, Connie.
Date: 10/1/2018 3:19:00 PM
gosh, you developed a very descriptive story of wandering the desert. Very well done, Vijay.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/1/2018 5:48:00 PM
Thank you Andrea..always appreciate your support.
Date: 10/1/2018 2:25:00 PM
i love the whole ride especially the sojourn within, vijay... simply splendid--keep the ink spilled!.. huggs
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 10/1/2018 5:48:00 PM
Appreciate the kind words..many thanks, Nette.
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