Desert Life

Desert extremes…

Desert Life
Desert Life… the power of extremes

And sun does sear the sky,
blistered clouds and drying eyes,
as summer’s deft touch paints the landscape,
browns and oranges spattered wide, and
laden blues of sky refuse to still the heat,
as shadows filled with panting flesh,
recede from light, hoping for an early night,
a breath of cooler air.

Then desert still releases the ills of day,
and while stars glimmer the purple sheet above,
chilled grounds and rocks do crack
under the pendulum’s furthest swing,
so cold now is everything,
burrowed life to survive the night,
huddle in groups,
life of relentless extremes do sleep.

Desert you beguile me,
yet harsh your rules, your daily drills,
and dry your breath your words bereft,
inspire all that light prevails,
and midnight tunes in crystal studded skies,
such beauty then to compromise a life,
not attuned to your parade,
a life earned in such a way, a miracle.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

8 thoughts on “Desert Life

  • September 29, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    I love the Southwest deserts here, with their subtle colors of purples and blues and the Earth tones so bold. And the rock formations are so mysterious, amazing. I live in the Great Basin high desert, Northern Nevada, so it is not quite as extreme and we don’t have those bold Earth tones, but we do get the extreme temperatures. I love that image you chose, Tony, and your verse is so in tune with the beautiful desert and all its mysteries. Well done!

  • September 29, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Glad you appreciated it Phyllis, nature is filled with wonder. Take care

  • September 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    So many vivid images Tony, you take us into the beauty and harsh reality of desert life. The extremes that give awe. Love the use of the ‘purple sheet’ and the pendulum swing…I fell into color and sensation. Enjoyed it. 🙂


  • September 29, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Glad you did Mel, and thanks for you support. Take care. Just sent the final proofs for the book to John, so we should be up and printing soon.

    • September 30, 2016 at 6:44 PM

      Thanks Rasma, glad you enjoyed it.

  • September 30, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Reading this reminds me of an earlier period in my life when I spent several months camping in the desert – the boiling heat of the day followed by the silent cold of the night will forever stick in my memories – nice presentation !

    • September 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

      Thanks Ralph, the desert has a beauty all of its own, for sure. Cheers!


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