In the Desert

by Douglas Campbell
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Within these days

when the desert’s bones are almost hidden

beneath the flowers of death,

the temptation to be consumed

by utter hopelessness

threatens to smother our hearts,

our minds, our weak spirits.

 

In the desert,

when the chill of night

invades every muscle,

every pore, every cell,

when the mind is stunned,

by this deluge of death,

this flood of hatred,

this eruption of wounds,

but the light is there

even when we close our eyes;

the warmth is there,

even when our hearts are frozen shut.

Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell lives in Portland, Oregon. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at George Fox University where he taught painting, printmaking, drawing and art history courses.

Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell lives in Portland, Oregon. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at George Fox University where he taught painting, printmaking, drawing and art history courses.

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