Where Beauty Belongs

Photo by Terrye Turpin

I prefer not cool oceans,

But desert sands harsh and strong.

Show me no lush soft forest,

Instead I seek,

A place where true beauty does belong.

Harder journeys to love

Are often not taken,

And easy lands and easy joys

much too soon forsaken.

I’ll trust my heart and faith

To that arid, open place,

Where scoured by sand and heat,

Sorrow leaves no trace.

And trusting not in hot house flowers

Grown in cozy rooms,

I’ll spend my time in boundless desert,

And wait for cacti blooms.

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