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Desert Dreams

Updated on February 8, 2011

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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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Joe.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Great poetry, really deep meaning in your words.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Phyllis!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 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 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Not like you,Wayne, but I try!

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      Wayne Brown 5 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 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks poetvix! I was just curious.

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      poetvix 5 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 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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 5 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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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      very nice, I love the cadence.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

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

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

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

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi 2uesday, and thank you so much!

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      2uesday 5 years ago

      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 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, AudreyHowitt,

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

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      Audrey Howitt 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

      Hi, saddlerider1,

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

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, SilverGenes.

      Your poetic description may be better than my poetry!

      Thank you.

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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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      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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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, PhoenixV!

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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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Silver Poet, and thank you for that!

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

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

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Maggie-May.

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Beautiful!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Rosemay50!

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Anaya M. Baker,

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

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      Anaya M. Baker 6 years ago from North Carolina

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

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi TicksProfessional, and thank you!

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      Talha Rehman 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi jami l. pereira,

      I'm still cleaning up after that storm!

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

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

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you again, ii3rittles!

      I need to go to your HubPage and catch up!

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      ii3rittles 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Eiddwen!

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      Eiddwen 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you skellie!

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      skellie 6 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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      N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY

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

      Take Care,

      N.E.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Loves To Read, and thank you!

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      Loves To Read 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi N.E. Wright!

      Haven't seen you around lately! Still writing?

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      N.E. Wright 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you DexisView!

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      Dexi 6 years ago from New England

      I can feel the desert in your words. Nice!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Granny!

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      Granny's House 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi FaithDream, and thank you!

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      FaithDream 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you ahorseback.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Love this Will Star! Be well.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you acaetnna!

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Stunningly beautiful Will - I really could imagine being there.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Extinct Soul.

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      Extinct Soul 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Stars!

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      stars439 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Storytellersrus!

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Nice. Sounds like sand whispering.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you MyMastiffPuppies !

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Beautiful words, thanks for sharing your talents!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Arb,

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

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

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

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you cat on a soapbox!

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      a sensorial transport through time- just great!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you stars.

      I enjoy reading you too.

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      stars439 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Go for it Ghost! :-)

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      Ghost32 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

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      50 Caliber 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank You nighthag!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

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

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Epi!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

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

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      LOL....

      :)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you CMerritt!

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

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      Chris Merritt 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks again, gr82bme!

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Had to come back and read. Very nice

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      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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      BenWritings 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you MonaVieAileen.

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      MonaVieAileen 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank You winepress

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      winepress 6 years ago

      That's a great touch of ingenuity.]

      winepress.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Quill

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      "Quill" 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks vocalcoach!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 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 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Rhonda.

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      Rhonda Musch 6 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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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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