Scenes from the Sonoran Desert

Scenes from the Sonoran Desert

Phoebus climbs precisely upward,
Desert glass dusting in his wake.
Cactus limbs poise

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Mesquite snarls, spindly,
Collude against the scorching arc,
Pack down water and reserve all precious life.

Brittle claws and scaly flesh advance,
Forked tongues thrashing flames augustan

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Sand-dense wings and
bone-kempt feather scatter,
Harvest nectar scarce amidst the furls.

Shadows flee,
Run in terror from out each angle,
Evaporate completely in their madness
Growing pale and then forgotten,

while

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The sun melts soft below the sandscape

and

In some crude ditch,
A verdant tower rises,
Proffering spines into the hot wind.