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Feb 2020
Imagine wandering in a desert, a wilderness
Nothing, for miles, but sand and dryness
The sky is clear and the sun shines harshly
Its bright glare momentarily blinds me

To think, I’ve been walking around here
For a year, a year of tears
That refused to fall
The heat had made my tear ducts dull

Tears would not come to my eyes
No matter how hard I tried
The dry wind is coarse against my skin
My feet in sand as it has for so long been

These dunes are a place of loneliness and thirst
You think about it and your mind is immersed
In the discomfort you feel
From the tips of your hair, to the bottom of your heel

The heat is a constant numbing presence
The effect on your feeling is dense
Your mind searches for safety
Yet all your senses are hazy

Your eyes wander, searching for relief in the sandy sea
Yet all your ears hear are a timpani
of silence, deafening
My mind is barely fending

Off fears of my impending demise
My body continues to agonize
The scorching sun digging through my scalp
It took so much not to pull my hair out and scream for help

For a moment, my eyes focus
And I see you,
A mirage in the desert
I ran to you to quench my thirst

My insides screamed
And finally, everything seemed
Fine. I had someone with me, who’d face
With me the world and all its haste

The corner of my lips pulled up for a smile
The first one I had in many miles
My mouth could speak, shout and sing
Again, I found my strength returning

Then, just like I thought you might,
You vanished, right out of my sight
I could no longer enjoy being with you
From my hands, you slipped through

With my new strength
All I did was cry with heaving breath
I knew I should go on
But all I felt was how much hotter it was under the sun
Written by
Jeremiah  20/M/Philippines
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