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First Line: Day in, day out, dust devils dance
Last Line: Peace, and you in my arms again!
Alternate Author Name(s): Burt, Struthers
Subject(s): Drought; Longing; Love


DAY in, day out, dust devils dance
Along the ridge. The cattle die
Stark mad by leperous water-pools.
Day in, day out, in wicked trance
A white sun sears in twain the sky.
And we who know so much are fools,
And god is dead — and you, away:
You in the north and I so parched —
Day after day, day after day.

Night after night, the red moons creep,
Like lizards in the purple heat,
Across the dead hills to the east.
Night after night, I cannot sleep
For memory of wind showers fleet
And the cool sweetness of your breast.
When, when will there come the good wet rain,
Peace, and you in my arms again!





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