Returning from living six months in a small coastal desert town in Saudi Arabia, a roundabout outside London's Gatwick airport seemed like the Amazon jungle, so green, so lush. The emptiness of the desert was spiritual. A place to go mad. A place to feel the real size of the earth. The desert was also like most things, diverse and changing. Dunes, yes, but not Lawrence of Arabia dunes, but rock strewn, gravelly, stoney, rubbish strewn, pristine, with different colours, ugly and beautiful. We crave the sun. They crave the rain. We all crave the other.
to sit in tents and smoke and chat and drink endless tea
to break fast triggered by a distant call
to stand before the open land and know the breadth of sky
to measure the smallness of man in the emptiness
to see a shamal hang a pall of sand and smother the world
to see the desert drink a little rain shoot sprouts of green
to watch mile after mile of emptiness unroll
to see the edge of town in a road that ends
to open your door to scorched air
to watch the gecko flick its tail across the wall
to breathe the desert air sucked dry across a million dunes
is to reach the oasis of God’s infinite arm
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