desert of dreams

there
there it was
so close
so very near
shimmering
hypnotizing
a feast for a starving soul
yes
finally

lips parched
heart aching
feet moving mindlessly forward
hoping
yes
finally

to touch his dream

he stopped

smiled

or was it the gods laughing

another mirage
on the desert of dreams

tio stib, 2016

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Breaking Trail

 

the eyes of ancient aspens
watched in winter silence
as the chickadee flitted past
a feathered dot
bouncing
across sky blue infinity

alone
atop the buried meadow
he paused
turned
looked back at the trail of footsteps
each print a shadowy testament
to the sweat dripping from his brow

memories flushed his face

all he could see was white
light’s harsh truth
reflections from a sea of snow
penetrating
weary eyes

a sigh

a deep breath of icy air
a hesitation in the heartbeat of being
exhalation

alone
he chose
again

Tio Stib Signature

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