Bone Dry

a poem by
SUZANNE COTTRELL | Educator + Writer


 The contrast between the Southwestern landscape and Piedmont North Carolina inspired “Bone Dry.”  Each landscape has its unique beauty.

Photo by Robert Murray

SCORCHED, barren land
Blasts of arid wind
Blood orange dust swirled.

Sizzling worn, pitted sandstone
Withered desert marigolds
Moisture depleted.

Sunbaked skin
Parched lips
Unable to utter a word

Scent of dampness
Somber thunderhead
Momentarily hid the sun.

Sank to her knees      
Cocked back her head
Squeezed closed her eyes

Tongue extended
Yearned for a taste
Dirty tracks etched her face.

Fleeting deluge
One cloud breathed life
Into her desert.