A Gift Package Trek With Survivalist

17 Apr
back in the day
a television show called death valley days
the days of tube radios and black and white zenith
based on
the death valley in furnace creek california
a desert wasteland of three thousand square miles
badwater basin is in death valley too
the lowest elevation in north america
the basin is a salt flat made of sodium cloride and borax
little can live near the basin but for pickleweed
and snails
i didn't watch the retro tv show and not visited
the valley's national park or the salt flats
but trek daily in the shadow of death valley where skulls smile
and bones stick up from the dry salt sand where
scavenging coyote, mountain lion, and circling vulture
wait for me as their meal and i am not a survivalist
but travel with the best
the good shepherd

4.2 10/10
© Brian Peter Hodgkinson
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Posted by on April 17, 2022 in Poetry


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