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DESERT WATERCOLOR, by            
First Line: Green of the palo verde
Last Line: With a misted mantle of desert stars.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating


Green of the palo verde,
Purple of distant peaks,
Gold of a desert sunset,
An artist's palette streaks.

Flame of the ocotillo,
Blue of the wind-swept sage,
Blush of a desert's dawning,
Grey of the twilight shades.

An artist's model -- coyote
Silhouetted 'gainst the stars
Wild horses in mountain pastures
Without a need of bars.

Leap of a black-tailed rabbit,
Venom of coiling snake,
Dawn is a mesquite thicket
As mating roadrunners wake.

The desert artist pictures,
But, ere night his canvas mars,
Drapes His work in the coming dusk
With a misted mantle of desert stars.





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