Cracked earth
Sunburnt country
Wind waves combed thru red sand
Empty desert

Lips bruised from untrue kisses
Skin tender due to the scorch of betrayal
Ears sound with liars' echoes
Barren heart

Deep below
cool and protected
in shells and seeds
life waits for rain

Down inside
quiet and untouched
in the calm core
love waits for tears

August 26, 2002
Tressa Lee Breen

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