by Noah Craig
Nothing grows underneath this sun, yellow Sand glints and winks peek-a-boo Until the sun decides to set low Behind dunes frosted a hue blue I stagger up the shifting stair To a crest that tells my fortune— For the view before me bares This land of desolation Sometimes I trot, roll, fall Down into the blank valley Hoping the next hill not so tall But knowing I’m not quite hope-savvy Yesterday’s footprints follow close And tomorrow’s mirage leans in Both fatal to take of a dose Some days I lose more than I win There’s an oasis somewhere The secret of the sand I think I’m sure I’ll make it there But this hasn’t gone how I had planned You led me into this desert I followed you over the first grains But I’ve found it hard to stay alert With the heat getting to my brain It seems to me that the path is gone Everything is the same and different I don’t know if left is right or left is wrong, If this is it or even what You meant One day when I look back, maybe I will see the blatant tracks And pass the test You gave me And chance a look at all the facts Was it for You or for me? Silly question—my heart’s treasure Can be none but Who loved me Past the very last measure
Noah Craig currently resides in Corvallis, Oregon. He loves to ponder the wonder of both the natural and the spiritual.