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DESERT NIGHT, by            
First Line: This is a land of sleepiness, of stark
Last Line: Beneath this mask of quietness and sleep.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating


This is a land of sleepiness, of stark
Unyielding silence, undisturbed and thick.
Defiantly the crowded stars go dark
And earth is left with this one slender wick
Of moon. The trees are shapeless blots of gray,
Unresting motion in the voiceless night,
As wearily the cycle of the day
Creeps through the darkness, out of sound and sight.

The rattlesnake, coiled in his nest of rocks,
Sleeps through the stillness, and the slow,
Uneasy stretching of a shadow clocks
The turning of the hours. Yet I know
That bitter strength lies well-concealed and deep,
Beneath this mask of quietness and sleep.





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