I Am of the Desert–dVerse Poetics


Photo: David Slotto

Photo: David Slotto

I Am of the Desert

I am of the desert.
The hunger of coyote howls in my bones.
My spirit knows the parched,
the arid earth.
But of the night I stretch my hands
to touch the moon, the stars.
I taste the flurry of colors
playing hide and seek amidst
the scrub of rabbit brush.
We are of the desert, you and I,
our names engraved on sandy slopes.
Together we await the wind,
the keening breath
that carries us to tomorrow.

Indeed, the desert is in my DNA. Written and linked to dVerse Poetics where the prompt invites us to write of the Southwest.

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24 thoughts on “I Am of the Desert–dVerse Poetics

  1. I love the way your poem links you so strongly to the desert and you unite in a very distinctive description of the places and creatures. Hope the kids do write lots of poetry. It’s the only way to really respond and learn about the craft and so much more creative.

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  2. So engaging… beautiful, Victoria

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  3. Rabbit brush is a weed–like the tumbleweed. Drives some people crazy when it blooms–allergies. I believe it’s a type of sage, but don’t quote me.

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Gorgeous close ❤ ❤

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  5. I love this! “Our names engraved on sandy slopes” — what a great line. It reveals the permanence and impermanence of the desert and of our lives.

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  6. annell4 says:

    I can see it through your words!

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  7. lillian says:

    This is beautiful. These words absolutely become the place. These words live within the soul of the desert. Absolutely beautiful.

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  8. I think I might have a strand of that DNA too… When I lived in Phoenix I felt at home in the desert from day one…. (well I moved there in winter so it was easy)… love the coyote howling in your bones.

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  9. Sue says:

    The desert experienced through all the senses….love it

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  10. You have found your element. This is one of your very best poems, wrought from your whole being.

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  11. lynn__ says:

    You are definitely at home in the southwest…living and breathing the desert. Is rabbit brush an actual plant or you playing with words?

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  12. Bryan Ens says:

    The more poems I read about the southeast, the more I wish that I could just drop everything and go there!

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  13. whimsygizmo says:

    Victoria, I am going to read this to my son, age 14. He was asked to do 6 poems for English class last week, and each of them was either about our desert, or a country music star. 😉

    Breathing in this beauty:
    “Together we await the wind,
    the keening breath
    that carries us to tomorrow.”

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    • I would love to see some of what he comes up with. Isn’t it great that they are actually asking them to write poetry. And NV is supposed to be so behind in education rankings? Nah! No one appreciates how important the arts are here.

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  14. ghostmmnc says:

    You’ve captured it! That is awesome! 🙂

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  15. kanzensakura says:

    Mine too! “The hunger of couote howls in my bones” the last four lines made me want to dance, tears in my eyes. Oh Victoria, yet again we prove ourselves to be sisters of old souls.

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  16. Mish says:

    This leaves me a bit speechless but I’ll find the words to say that I could only dream of writing something so exquisite as this to describe my love of the Southwest. You spoke from my own heart. We truly are “desert rats.”

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  17. Patti says:

    Beautiful! I love the experience of the desert through the senses.

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  18. Grace says:

    Beautifully written from your heart Victoria ~ Hope someday I can visit these places ~

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  19. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Your words are accurate beyond measure, your soul flitting parallel to shifting sands in the hot mouths of arroyos. You had me at /I taste the flurry of colors/. I visited Sedona a few years ago, expecting vibrant New Age vibes, but only found real estate hustlers.

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  20. kim881 says:

    ‘The hunger of coyote howls in my bones’ – what a great line! You’ve described a vast place so well with so few words, Victoria, and so lovingly.

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  21. Oh, mine too and you have spoken my spirit!

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