Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TWILIGHT ON THE DESERT, by ETHEL FRANCES BARNARD



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TWILIGHT ON THE DESERT, by            
First Line: It's twilight on the desert, stillness walks
Last Line: That chain immortal soul in mortal loam.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating


It's twilight on the desert, stillness walks
With stealthy tread, softening daytime heat;
Glare turns to haze. A lone sheep's dismal bleat
Fills the heart with sorrow, and a crow talks
To distant mate, while graceful yucca stalks
Send heavenward a prayer, an offering neat
To Him whose love makes cacti flowers complete
With the sheen of pink and yellow waxen chalks.
I put my homely task upon the shelf
And gaze past chapparal to purpling hills
At twilight, when my poignant thoughts will roam
Enkindling dreams as old as time itself,
Which burden man with narrow, selfish ills
That chain immortal soul in mortal loam.





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