DESERT DAWNING

The desert awakes with a whispered sigh.
A jackrabbit scurries through the brush
while far above a raven cries.
Dawn breaks from a frozen hush.

A jackrabbit scurries through the brush 
bent on finding food to eat.
Dawn breaks from a frozen hush,
the stark chill of night retreats.

Bent on finding food to eat,
a roadrunner darts across the sand.
The stark chill of night retreats
as fiery warmth fills the land.

A roadrunner darts across the sand
in the shadow of a grand Saguaro.
As fiery warmth fills the land
the cactus wren peers at a beetle below.

In the shadow of a grand Saguaro
a bevy of quail march by in a line.
The cactus wren peers at a beetle below.
On a sunny rock the lizard reclines.

A bevy of quail march by in a line
while far above a raven cries.
On a sunny rock the lizard reclines.
The desert awakes with a whispered sigh.

(A Pantoum)

© 1999 Judy Anne 

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