Desert Wind Ghosts

Desert Wind Ghosts

desert wind ghosts

There are mysteries in this desert vast,
Few have seen or heard, or even want to,
For the mysteries are from distant past,
Desert wind ghosts of long ago will haunt you,
Longingly they may whisper and taunt you,
Hoping you will finally hear at last
How they lived and died, listen, hear their story,
They died in pain and fear, maybe in glory.

The life they lived in distant days of old,
Was so happy till they died all alone,
They only want their story to be told,
A story you could maybe pass on in time,
So someone can empathize and will hold
What their life meant and what they had shown
To be known, find a place in history,
So be not afraid and hear their story.

Wild breezes can stir up desert wind ghosts,
A different type called a dust devil,
Willy-willies, that carry angry hosts,
Not just whispers, but rise to a level
Of such height it can certainly scare folks,
Stay away, do not be a dare devil,
Those are the ones we say don’t go near it,
Dust devils carry an angry spirit.

Mysteries of the desert are in sand,
Like Kwazi, the giant serpent sand dune,
That stretches far and wide over the land,
It may look as if it lies still, but soon
We can see it move by the wind’s strong hand,
Watching it under a desert full moon,
Can be an experience quite erie,
For none know which way it goes, be leary.

desert wind ghosts
Kwazi, the Giant Serpent

Author’s note:
Indigenous people believe Kwazi the serpent is within Sand Mountain, the giant sand dune in the
desert of Fallon, Nevada.
© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

6 thoughts on “Desert Wind Ghosts

  • April 6, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Well penned Phyllis, and mysteries and legends are such great fodder for poets. Nicely done.

  • April 7, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Beautiful way to write about the mysteries of the desert, Phyllis. Great poem, I love how you incorporated legends about desert spirits.

  • April 7, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    This piece is really cool…just another instances of the world “speaking” to people but so few are listening


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