Desert Camp

outside of Tuscan we set up camp

drove the stakes in hard

before a panoramic hardcore sunset

that went unphotographed


in the cold night

a hemisphere revealed her lights

I studied constellations

as wisps of clouds formed


I woke to distant thunder

no rainfly on the tent

one drop of rain

forced me out


the storm couldn’t wait

horizontal lightning flashed

across the sands and cactus

tent fly sparked at my fingertips


finally save and dry under a pounding rain

NaPoWriMo Day 5 nature experience

“a wild night”  Mary Oliver

Desert Camp

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