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I was looking for pictures to turn into bases, but searching for 'desert' turned up so many pictures of cakes and flan that the grammar_nazis in me just needs to sit in the corner and rock back and forth for awhile. And then this contest would never get started! So. A little bit of a different contest this week (okay, 5 days, since I'm late).
You have to find your own picture. Any picture of a desert (not a dessert, unless you really feel you can work in the second half of the challenge, and the picture has to be labeled 'desert' by whoever put it on the internet) will do. BUT! Your icon must include at least three consecutive words for this poem:
Sage brush! Mile after mile,
Quiet in the sun, and shimmering;
Ever in the sun, ever shimmering!
The long low mountains
Seem to crouch beneath the heat,
And the earth, dried to a powder,
Is strewn with choked brown grass.
Ants burrow in the ground
And live on things that perish here.
Stream beds are dry, beaten paths
Of rabbits and sage coyotes
That for keen thirst run the full length
Of each ravine, and fall at last
As did one here whose bones lie scattered,
White as snow beneath the sun.
God, the waste! the quivering waste!
Where things grow up to die!
__P. Roy Brammell
(Surprisingly, not a lot of poems about deserts. Probably would have had better luck with desserts)
Deadline: Monday, July 9th, 7:00pm Central Standard Time
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