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Desert Fare (Tale 35)

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John Yaws
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0 posted 05-30-2000 10:40 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Ah, how I hate the grit an’ dust-
Wha’ come in desert lands.
The thirst, the burn, the smarting eyes…
The dry and cracking ‘ands.

The bloody wogs wi’ sword and gun…
The outpost long forgot…
An’ legionaires the Frenchmen sent,
An’ left out ‘ere to rot.

Scurvy, aye, no fruit about-
The water scarce an’ bad…
When yer pinned down, for near a week,
No water to be ‘ad…

‘Twill make the foulest smellin’ scum
Like nectar to the taste.
An’ make men fight like ravin’ wolves
An’ not one drop to waste.

Aye, fought I did, a legionaire…
Stranger’s we were called,
For money, for adventure, or…
For nothing we did fall.

I’ve breathed the dry North Afric air…
Eat bread, draunk water stale…
For wha’? I dinna really ken,
So goes a Traveler’s Tale.

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1 posted 05-30-2000 11:01 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I always enjoy your work, Gunslinger, and this was no exception!

Elizabeth


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You've got a keeper here, gunslinger. Good work on this one....
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Yes, wonderfully told, John!  

Denise

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4 posted 06-02-2000 06:55 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

I feel as if I am taken to a different world every time I read your work  
Great writing on this as always

 All my love,
Jeffrey

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but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

 
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