in the desert   the sagey high-desert

away from media

away from the glare of civilization


the dusk air is chill   the earth still warm   


at this late-summer time of year


we spread our tarp and blankets   we've come

to stargaze   

listen for coyotes   be aware   


be alone in this unfamiliar place

alone together




night comes quickly

it is absolute

bestowing a pristine sky   


stars   brilliant   but challenged

by the moon  

near full   casting shadows   and yes   later  


coyotes howling   first here   then there


sending shivers up and down my spine   


this place is mighty   

and unknown




with night comes a penetrating cold

i snuggle

into marketa's warmth   


she is impervious to such things

as weather   

takes my too-thin   too yielding   body


gives me shelter   so we watch


fall asleep   hoping the chill


has sent the serpentes

into a somnolence of their own




my desert dreams are cyclical


i rouse myself repeatedly to shake them off


to say   this is not real   this

is not happening

finally rousing myself fully   reengaging


with the stars   now shifted   

and sounds   quieter

seemingly more distant   more familiar   


less unsettling than they were

even a few hours ago   




i do not begrudge marketa

her sleep

i draw the blanket tighter around me   


give it up   find my shoes   

walk into the dawn   

and all of this   all the world 


is only a backdrop to my weary thoughts   

which never cease  

never sooth   which no environment


not even this other-worldly place





this is me   unsettled   alone when not alone

ill at ease   

in all but the sublime moments


always seeking those moments

relying on others

for comfort and succor   offering myself


in the only way i know to give back


at the least   i offer myself fully   without condition   


expecting no recompense   

but warmth







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Written on 2021-09-19 at 06:52

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
A wonderful string of poems. I too am "alone when not alone".

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Sometimes, one sees more clearly in the dark.

Offering yourself, is really the only thing another truly values, it is honest, to show the real self, is, in my opinion, the greatest gift x