Desert Dreams

The Timeless Desert

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Whispering wind

Silent sand

Forgotten bones

Barren land

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Burning sun

Shimmering moon

Chill of night

Heat of noon

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Ancient man

Wandered first

Land of want

Land of thirst

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Broken hearts

Shattered dreams

Dreamer’s plans

Abandoned schemes

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Ancient art

On ancient stone

ghostly hands

Long unknown

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Timeless curse

Desert land

Whispering wind

Silent sand

 

 

 

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

A nice depiction of an arid desert Will. A bare boned poem with a lot of meat. Cheers mate.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Nicely done, Will. The photo falls in step with the words, beautifully.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love it! Up and awesome.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Nature is at it's best when keeping secrets.;)


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I had to turn up my collar to keep the sun off. Voted Up.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Oh if the Dessert could talk...and it has, through this Poem...Well said WillStarr.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Beautiful Will, nothing more to say than just plain beautiful.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Will,

You know I love my desert. That's why live so far from the center of town. (25 miles approx.) I hike around out here six days a week. My office here in the home hosts a collection of both the deserts treasures and casualties. I have silver, gold dust, copper, bones, and everything in between. It's truly a remarkable place, and your poem reflects that beautifully.

jim


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

It seems you are much more of a poet than you knew. Just magnificent!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I didn't expect such a response. Thanks to all of you.

The desert hold endless, forgotten mysteries. Ancient and crumbling stone foundations, almost hidden among the cactus and brush. Who built them and why? We will never know.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

WillStarr, many think of our deserts as a vast wasteland, and wonder why we would choose to live in such a place. The desert is many things and filled with mysteries, beauty, and death. The desert can be harsh and unforgiving to those who are not familiar with her ways. The summer heat can kill the unsuspecting and unprepared very quickly. The winter chill can cause hypothermia and other problems. Those from other parts of the country don't comprehend the drastic temperature variations between night and day on the desert. Burning hot during the day, and near freezing at night.

An interesting thing to do while hiking is to find a good spot, sit and remain quiet for a few minutes. The seemingly dead desert comes to life with all kinds of little critters running around you.

I have a spot near my house that sports a near endless supply of very old pottery shards. I pick these shards up and try to imagine those that stood on this very spot hundreds of years ago. What did it look like then, and why were they here? Who were they? No end of questions and mysteries when it comes to our desert land. Your hub really got me thinking.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

When I first came to Arizona in 1962, Phoenix was still a small city and the empty desert was just over the hill. My mother had a great collection of old whiskey bottles she'd found in unlikely places. They were beautiful because the sun's rays over the years had turned the clear glass into a rainbow of iridescent colors.

Who was way out in the desert drinking whiskey in the shade of a mesquite? A cowboy? A prospector? An Apache? All of them?

We’ll never know.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

the Desert hold it's timeless treasures. Nicely done my friend.

God Bless


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks vietnamvet68,

Good to see you.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

After reading heavier stuff on hubpages for the last hour, it's very refreshing to take this in. Clean and cool as a good glass of water.

Really dig your writing style. Peace and cheers.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Doug,

Not smart enough for heavy or subtle stuff, so I'm afraid it's just plain old Will Starr.

Thank you.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Great write. I'm thirsty as all get out! Better keep a canteen when I'm reading WillStarr.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Micky!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I haven't had much experience with deserts except driving to California once.I think I rather like those that are near the foothills of the Rockies. I also thought the colors in Arizona were beautiful. Nice poem.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks dahoglund.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Excellent poetry along with picture that let your mind picture the meaning of the words. Definitely rated up.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Pamela


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Well done - I like this one even more than the last. I agree with Doug - it is clean and cool.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is great. A hot painted desert with secrets, and i too, wonder who would be drinking whiskey in the heat.

Cheers


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you SuzieCat

I try not to be mysterious. I let life do that.

Thank you always exploring

My guess is that the spots where the bottles were found were old campsites. But it's just a guess.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Never been to the desert, though I always wanted to. But, I enjoy poetry and this is lovely. Nice to meet you.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Denise and thank you so much!

My wife is also an RN and I have great respect for the profession. I've glanced at your HubPage and I'll be reading you.

As an RN, you might appreciate 'Goodbye Tomorrow'.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Up and awesome, I felt the desert heat as I spit the sand from my mouth from the howling desert winds that blew across my soul. Bravo...loved this piece.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Lovely imagery Will. Reminds me of Humphrey Bogart and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. That one always made me thirsty.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks saddlerider1 and PegCole17

Water on the desert is life...for everything. If we have a wet winter, the springtime growth is beautiful.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

This one truly captured what is the desert in such a small number of words. I even sensed the cycle of the eternal aspects of it in the verse. You use your words well, Will. Thanks for sharing them. WB


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Wayne

I'm a true desert rat...I love the desolation and secret life.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This was unique, Will. More unique than you knew perhaps. It is mighty difficult to write poetry that is beautiful with only two or three words to a line. But you managed to do it. Thank you.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you drbj.

I appreciate your kind words.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Will, there isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said. I really love this poem. I knew after the first verse. Each verse has its own tale to tell. A timeless piece. My friend, you write one heck of a story but...you write one heck of a poem. Thank you, that was a sensory treat!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks tnderhrt!

You inspired me to give it a try.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Nice work, it made me thirsty too so I'm gonna' go pour myself 2 fingers of bourbon. Peace!! Tom


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Tom!

Have one for me.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I think psychologically people are most of the time in one or another desert, and sometimes, for a short time, in an oasis. “Broken hearts, Shattered dreams, Dreamer’s plans, Abandoned schemes,” is certainly numerously scheduled for all of us.... until the very end.

You've said a lot in this poem without words - A famous writer once said - what capture a reader is not what you write, but what you don't write. May love and peace rain on you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks for the comments Martie!


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

That is a very great poem Will! Congrads. Them types of poems are not easily done, being that there are just a few words on each line. That is a tallent my friend. Great poem if you ask me. Best to ya Will.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you AskAshlie3433!


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apache13 5 years ago from Belleville AR.

That was great Thank you for making me aware of you on the hubs.a good read.


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Vickie Bovender 5 years ago from Southeastern US

Mysterious and lovely...wouldn't you love to be able to "see" everyone who journeyed across those sands?

:) Awesome!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Vickie,

I've climbed slopes overlooking miles of desert, seated myself, and imagined the thousands of ancient ghosts who sat beside me watching those who came even before them.


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Beautifully done, kind of sad.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

love this poem Will. Simple but full of insight.


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kethyjewel 5 years ago from India

Great Will. You said louts of in short discription really your hub is an eye catching!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks you Alexander Mark, thebluestar, & kethyjewel.

Much appreciated.


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Loved it Will. You the man!


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

Very good, written by someone who has been there.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks GNelson

Yes, I've lived and prowled in the Sonoran Desert off and on (mostly on) since 1962.


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

This was awesome Will. I dont like it I love it!!!! Voted up and awesome.

smiles :)

bella


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thankyou bellawritter23,

I like to hear from other writers, especially good ones like you.


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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

Will----I was born there in 1932 in an old adobe shack and your words have so much more meaning for I can and will always hear what those (Whispering Winds)are saying.

We slept outside under the stars and those winds lulled us to sleep with its secrets and woke us each morning while it moved on. THANKS


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

You're welcome Ginn and thank you.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Loved this. thank you for sharing


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Granny's House!


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

Will, absolutely beautiful. Not a lot of words needed. You got your message over loud and clear. Wish I could write like that.

Perfect. Thank you.

Voted up and awesome!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Used to live on the Mojave in California and reading this brought me back there. Thanks!


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Well done and the photo was a nice touch my friend. Voted up and awesome.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Rhonda.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This beautiful desert poem, filled with colorful visions, brought back so many memories. I love the desert and all of its painted pictures. Wonderful, Will!

Thumbs up and beautiful!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks vocalcoach!


"Quill" 5 years ago

Love tis description of the land you obviously love, speaks volumes to the haert as we travel with your words.

A new fan has been added.

Blessings


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Quill


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winepress 5 years ago

That's a great touch of ingenuity.]

winepress.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank You winepress


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MonaVieAileen 5 years ago from New York

Very beautiful. I love nature, God's creations and reading this takes me there. Thanks for writing this.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you MonaVieAileen.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

blows my mind how similar this writing style is to some of mine

very well written and descriptive

whispering wind/silent sand...i really like that

i will be reading more of yours tomorrow

thanks for the poem/following me


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ben

Yes we are (or should I say 'were') very similar, and more than you might guess. At 23, I was also dark, sullen, and morose. Then one day, I chucked all that crap and decided life was too grand and happy to sulk.

Branch out into loving life and write the great stuff I know you can! You are very talented!


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Had to come back and read. Very nice


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks again, gr82bme!


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Dog gone it Will.....JUST ONCE, I would love to say...

"That one SUCKED!"....

But, I always, ALWAYS come away from your writings, wanting MORE. I'm not just saying this, but you such a treat to follow.

:)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you CMerritt!

Maybe I'll post a real dog just for you! :-)


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

LOL....

:)


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....well your writing is timeless and I have pleasant dreams because of it .......


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Epi!


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

A wonderful piece, simple yet strong invoking strong images of a sun drenched landscape. Beautiful...


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank You nighthag!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

WillStarr, I've been laying low and out of sight for the most part,

this is a Gem! as much as I enjoyed your short series this tops it with one seemingly simple but really quite intense.

It's form strikes me as Haiku, at least from what I've read and was labeled as such. It brings to the heart why we desert rats are just that and the only way I can ever see me leaving this place for more than a short trip is by dieing excellent printed and taped to the wall to be read often from this rocker in hopes of memorizing it to take it in a meditation of the minds eye, perhaps in the most quiet place I know down a mine shaft to lay in the dirt and just slowly envision these words. Peace 50


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I had you in mind when I wrote it 50 (and me, of course). Two old desert rats!


Ghost32 5 years ago

Not too shabby, Will. I'm thinking EVERY form of land holds its secrets, mostly unnoticed a mere generation or two after "something went down".

For example: Growing up in the mountains of western Montana, it was quite a "discovery" for a youngster to suddenly realize there were snail shells and fossils all through the hills that dated back to when the area was a seabed....

And you've give me an idea for a hub, so...later!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Go for it Ghost! :-)


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Absolutely fantastically wonderful, and it rhymes. They don't get any better than this. God Bless You, and thank you for the beauty of it.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you stars.

I enjoy reading you too.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

a sensorial transport through time- just great!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you cat on a soapbox!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Really enjoyed this poem."forgotten bones" Two words that alone define the desert. Very nice.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Arb,

How many lonely wanderers perished on the desert and left only their bones for someone to ponder?


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

Beautiful words, thanks for sharing your talents!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you MyMastiffPuppies !


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Nice. Sounds like sand whispering.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Storytellersrus!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

The Magic of so much said in so few words. Like wisdom from the Gods your words have so much meaning. GBY.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Stars!


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Extinct Soul 5 years ago from 14°35'N 121°0'E

I imagine myself standing in the middle of a desert while I was reading this...thanks for the trip :) I enjoyed it.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Extinct Soul.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Stunningly beautiful Will - I really could imagine being there.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you acaetnna!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Love this Will Star! Be well.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you ahorseback.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

This is beautiful. A silent sand... those words alone are captivating. Peaceful yet gentle, forgiving yet forgotten. Great work WillStarr.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi FaithDream, and thank you!


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Will, fantastic. I am also a desert rat or once was but will be again soon. I was born in Nevada. While in AZ, I saw the art on the walls you have brought that memory back to me. Thanks Will

Tina


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Granny!


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England

I can feel the desert in your words. Nice!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you DexisView!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY

Hey WillStarr,

I was looking for the story I promised myself I would read of yours, and I came across this great poem. Wow!

Thanks for sharing ... it is great.

Take Care,

N.E.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi N.E. Wright!

Haven't seen you around lately! Still writing?


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Loves To Read 5 years ago

Great writing Will. You say so much but yet so little. Your use of words is wonderful. You paint a vivid picture and plant a mystery. Although i am from Australia and have not seen your desert. I have lived in ours as a child and one does have, love and respect for it's harshness.

Maybe some of those whiskey bottles were left there by Lee Marvin or John Wayne. he he he

God Bless


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Loves To Read, and thank you!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY

Yes, I am WillStarr. Yes, I am. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


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skellie 5 years ago from Adelaide

That was a beautiful bit of poetry WillStarr. The desert is such a wonderous place, you made me feel like i was right there!

Well done :) Awesome and up

Cheers Skellie


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you skellie!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great poem and I now look forward to reading more of your work also.

I rate this one up and thanks for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Eiddwen!


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ii3rittles 5 years ago

I loved this. It was short yet pulled me in. I love poetry that rhymes and you do it well! Thanks for sharing :)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you again, ii3rittles!

I need to go to your HubPage and catch up!


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Reminded me of the hellacious sandstorm in pheonix yesterday ! wow! beautiful poem , thanks for sharng:)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi jami l. pereira,

I'm still cleaning up after that storm!


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TicksProfessional 5 years ago from Lucknow India

Desolate places are mysterious. My closest encounter with desert was during a trip to Rajasthan (India)when I was in 3rd standard. After studying the history of Arabs for three years during graduation, I've begun to connect with places like this. The vast expanse of sands, the wadis that serve as caravan routes, the hardened bedouins all seem familiar now. Your poem brings desert to life with all its apparent harshness and subtle mysteries.

Cheers


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi TicksProfessional, and thank you!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

Well I'd say you nailed this Will. The sparsness of the poem matched perfectly with the desolation of the desert. And you brought it to life even though it appears lifeless in it's own state. Looks like you got a lot of fans on this one...

By the way... which poem of yours is the song about your Dad?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi The Suburban Poet!

Thank you. I haven't published the lyrics about my dad just yet. I'm still working on it.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

I'll be looking forward to it....


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you!


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Anaya M. Baker 5 years ago from North Carolina

Love how the photo captures the words, or vice versa!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Anaya M. Baker,

In this case, the words came first. Thanks for reading.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This was so real, I could feel the hot sand beneath my feet. Took me back to my trip to Egypt.

Tremenous poem, just loved it


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Rosemay50!


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Beautiful!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Maggie-May.


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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

I loved this one! Excellent, excellent, excellent! Five stars!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Silver Poet, and thank you for that!


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PhoenixV 5 years ago from USA

This reminded me of the song Horse With No Name by Neil Young or Asleep in the Desert by ZZTop(although an instrumental) . This poem has the ability with words to get a feeling of being in a desert, great poem.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, PhoenixV!


SilverGenes 5 years ago

So many have said this already but it bears repeating - each line is like a footstep in a foreign land, isolated always yet connected to life if only for the briefest moment in time. Awesome job!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nice to see this pop up again, what a timely piece. I love this poem my friend, you are not only a fiercely talented western story writer, but a poet with heart and soul.

Between you and Wayne Brown you have cornered the Hubs with your brilliant scribes on all fronts, poetry, short stories and political articles. Bravo, well done...


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, SilverGenes.

Your poetic description may be better than my poetry!

Thank you.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, saddlerider1,

That's quite a compliment, coming from a poet of your high stature!


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Just beautifully done Will--the spare quality of it, the word choice--it feel haunting and lovely at the same time---


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, AudreyHowitt,

Coming from a superb poet like you, that's a treasured compliment,


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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

This is beautiful and well crafted. It is what I think of as 'poetry distilled' - as in to concentrate it down to the essence of the subject. It is a style that I admire as I think it takes skill to achieve it. Awesome and beautiful.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi 2uesday, and thank you so much!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

excellent work Will. Simple but effective. Up and shared!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I came back for another peek--just as beautiful as I remember! Great last stanza!


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arusho 4 years ago from University Place, Wa.

very nice, I love the cadence.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You make it sound so full of history, mystery, so much more than just burning sands. For such a short poem, it packs a big punch!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Well, thank you all, but I'm curious...how did so many of you happen to comment on this older Hub all at once?


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I can't speak for anyone but myself. I saw this on my home feed when someone else commented on it and did not remember having seen it so I hopped on over.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks poetvix! I was just curious.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

I really liked this one. I love the style...so little said but so much communicated...excellent. This is so representative of the land of the southwest went and the Native American culture. Great work...I knew you were a poet! WB


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Not like you,Wayne, but I try!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Awesome ! You are a good poet, Will. I very much like the simplicity that envisions deep meaning. Very well done.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Phyllis!


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Great poetry, really deep meaning in your words.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Joe.

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