desert drive

photo-1429308755210-25a272addeb3seems as though the tires should melt
atop the inky runway, as she runs away
another summertime desert drive

dashboard temperature screamed one-eleven
in Yuma, but now reads ninety-nine
as the sun begins to say goodnight

cracks of angry light, ignite her way
hundreds of miles, calming inflamed knots
that have infiltrated the body

this emptied desert, empties her mind
allowing thoughts to slow and ease
as she flies through Spanish radio static

crystal bulbs wink and guide her
she follows the familiar star patterns
that help to scatter her life’s patterns

 

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Unsplash

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Gila Bend

books and breezes

Central Arizona DesertThe deep greys
bring about a tremble
an intense seriousness
bleak storm resembled

Drawn from graphite
varying shades
all life, all color
progressively fades

Ebony peaks, raven valleys
cut of deep charcoal
the intense feelings
take over the soul

Scattered remnants
stratus they stray
eerie messages
the patterns convey

An absence of light
black to dark
thin mesquite branches
against landscape stark

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Bing Images

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Gila Bend

Central Arizona DesertThe deep greys
bring about a tremble
an intense seriousness
bleak storm resembled

Drawn from graphite
varying shades
all life, all color
progressively fades

Ebony peaks, raven valleys
cut of deep charcoal
the intense feelings
take over the soul

Scattered remnants
stratus they stray
eerie messages
the patterns convey

An absence of light
black to dark
thin mesquite branches
against landscape stark

 

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Bing Images

Strong Tree of Mesquite

Velvet_mesquiteI take a seat
in the Arizona heat
look up high
at the branches awry
movements so discreet

Limbs narrow
twigs in a perfect row
air so dry
beauty you cannot deny
unlike any tree you’ll ever know

Unaccompanied in the desert
no weakness to flirt
beautifully bent
solid and tolerant
cactus and flowers to assert

 

Jennifer A. Fifield

Photo: Wikimedia Commons