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Dry Season

Thick white clouds
Retracing posture
Atop the layers of earth;
Foggy shrouds of white
Overclouded landscape
Clogging the sunlight
In blurry unclearness.

In brown faded bushes
Lies inhalations of dryness,
Catchy like the gasoline
In simple lit strikes
On matchboxes;
Spreading fierce fires
To four cornered angles
On grassy fields.

From silty bits of soil
Hovers clouds of dust,
Distributed casually
By several printed steps
Of slippers and rotating air.

The echoes of the wind
Screams with concurrent whirl,
Stirring up particles
In fiery harsh voices.

Innermost in the terrain
Glares cracking every way,
As the dryness sucks away
Final surviving drops of moist,
From pores of skin surfaces
And wooden doors.

Thence, in customary shrinking
Of shriveling leaves and bushes
Prowls the reptiles, fleeing away
In untiring searches
For cooler comforting abodes,
Resting forevermore
To the swift slashing cutlass
Of the cautious hunter.

Copyright © Dowell Oba | Year Posted 2011


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  1. Date: 3/6/2016 10:03:00 PM

    Dowell Oba, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Please keep writing, hope to see a new one from you again. LOVE LINDA
  1. Date: 3/28/2012 7:51:00 PM

    This is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this nature-like poem. This really gave me incredible pictures ! - D.W. Breidenthal
  1. Date: 1/4/2012 11:05:00 AM

    Congratulations on making it through the 1st round of PoetrySoup International Contest. Wishing you the best in the finals Dowell. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 12/29/2011 2:46:00 AM

    This is picture of the dry season in west Africa. The burning bushes and running lizards are spectacular in describing the look of dry season. Congratulations for making to the final round, Dowell