I Heard the Desert Calling (Poem by Gilbert Parker)

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I Heard the Desert Calling
By Gilbert Parker


I heard the desert calling, and my heart stood still — 
    There was winter in my world and in my heart;
A breath came from the mesa, and a message stirred my will,
    And my soul and I arose up to depart.

I heard the desert calling, and I knew that over there
    In an olive-sheltered garden where the mesquite grows,
Was a woman of the sunrise with the star-shine in her hair
    And a beauty that the almond-blossom blows.

In the night-time when the ghost-trees glimmered in the moon,
    Where the mesa by the water-course was spanned,
Her loveliness enwrapped me like the blessedness of June,
    And all my life was thrilling in her hand.

I hear the desert calling, and my heart stands still — 
    There is summer in my world, and in my heart;
A breath comes from the mesa, and a will beyond my will
    Binds my footsteps as I rise up to depart.

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