Forty Days in the Desert (Haiku Series in Forty Parts)

Morning

 

1.

Humans trespassing

Confused in the moonless night

Cold in the morning

 

2.

A narrow window

Sunrise in the morning, blush

Lost, and looking back

 

3.

Soft color of morning

Red and orange and dusty pink

Blush on the mountain

 

4.

Spring in the desert

Morning dew lingers, a feast

Moisture in morning

 

5.

Live with compassion

I see the way ahead, bright

The restful morning

 

6.

Light, to ease the heart

Light, to live by, free from fear

Light, I am wanting

 

 

Place

 

7.

Desert, hot and wild

Pure as an empty promise

The great wide open

 

8.

Highway sixty-two

A plateau above Palm Springs

The Joshua tree

 

9.

Fragile oasis

A living cathedral sings

Brief, shining and green

 

10.

The radio voice

Takes me down the road to you

In Twenty-nine Palms

 

11.

A cult in Amboy

Angels in Death Valley, stir

The Manson family

 

12.

The Mojave heat

Wind lifting sand off the ground

Fills the air with grit

 

13.

The lovely desert

Transient, passing through you

The lonely vagrant

 

 

Heat and Fire, Desire

 

14.

One hundred-fifteen

Car windows blown out at noon

Expanding in heat

 

15.

Reason is a fire

The burning spirit fills me

Melts the golden calf

 

16.

Doubt, I cannot breathe

Oxygen, the fire consumes

Choking, sputtering, will

 

17.

Waves, dry and burning

Circumstance, the barren field

Fears, we are ruled by

 

18.

Life’s fragility

We are equals, and made free

In the desert heat

 

19.

The spirit is fire

A pillar lighting the night

The dynamic life

 

20.

Feel the heat of you

Your desert heart, dusty, cold

Desolate, a fool

 

21.

The dirty heart, hot

Desires of a lover, sweet

Hard and demanding

 

22.

Love’s desperate fool

Velvet kiss, a touch of fire,

Crazy, cold smile, you

 

23.

The passionate life

Hot, driven through the wonders

Mountains, cut by wind

 

 

Wind and Wanting

 

24.

Desert wind blowing

Standing in the face of it

Staring at the sun

 

25.

Hope, drives us forward

Against the despairing wind

The mirage of doom

 

26.

The ephemeral

Purpose is a bright mirage

Wandering in thirst

 

27.

Vision has a price

Alone, we are not ourselves

Broken, incomplete

 

28.

Persist in delusion

In world that never were, truths

I will not give up

 

29. 

Wisdom’s soft approach

Un-raveller of conflict

Moving with the wind

 

30. 

The storm passes through

Blowing sand, each grain, a knife

Stinging as it cuts

 

 

Dust, Dirt and Death

 

31.

Logic is a coin

The dessert will not tender

Negotiable truths

 

32.

Drifting with the sand

Every grain, a memory

Alone and listing

 

33.

We are dust, dirty

Spirits fluttering weakly

Diffused in dry air

 

34.

A jail without walls

The lost self, shattered, dissolved

A walking spirit

 

35.

Each step leaves a trace

Reminders of who we are

Walking to the grave

 

36.

Hand on the lever

The embrace of the condemned

The fallen lover

 

37.

Curing in the dry air

One and all, we are the same

Swinging in heat

 

38.

The fate of us all

A brief life, Death’s certainty

Free in the moment

 

 

Evening

 

39.

Touch the falling sun

Fingers of light, brush the sky

Bursting, red, and orange

 

40. 

Starlight and, love lit

The way, a path through the storm

The shelter of hope

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