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DESERT BRIDE, by            
First Line: When sunset colors paint the desert land
Last Line: She shuts her eyes and weds him after dusk.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating


When sunset colors paint the desert land
A yucca, like a pearly minaret
Peers through a mist of rose and violet
And reaches up her white and fragile hand
To where her muted organ-keys are fanned
By prairie winds, till all her bells are set
To vesper chimes for fear that Night forget
A lonely virgin on the desert sand.

Night hears the yucca bells that call to prayer
And shows to her his royal purple tent,
Moonlit and fragrant with sweet-scented musk.
He fills her bells with jeweled stars to wear
And there, with shy and innocent consent
She shuts her eyes and weds him after dusk.





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