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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Auguries Of Drought

The Llano Estacado tablelands of Eastern New Mexico languish in the grip of severe drought. An erie silence drapes the plain. Most notably, Western Meadowlarks have stopped their joyous melodies. The somber mood inspires this poem.

Prairie dog sentries bark silent refrains
To dogged vultures on dry playa shore.
Arid red soil yearns for life giving rains.
Meadowlark solos rise skyward no more.

Horned toads forgo stiff upper lip and pout.
Burrowing owl eyes haunt their memories.
As salamander smiles succumb to drought,
Box turtle hearts abide somber auguries.

Coyotes pursue scant prey on sand dunes.
Hawks on the wing seldom grace blue skies.
Thirsty prairie winds give rise to desert tunes
While scattered wildflowers portend paradise.

- © Ilija Lukić 2013 -

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