Desert Romance

by Lydia Nicole Kautz

You smell of sand and desert blooms
with luxurious peace 
hanging in the air around you.
Your unmarred skin
is a warm summer's day
that transports me to a fantasy
of golden heat in the Egyptian sun,
hung over the pyramids of long-lost kings.
Your touches melt the ice of eternal winter
that has frozen my senses.               
When I am with you I feel again.
I am desolate without you here.
Emptiness is where you once stood.
A pillar of sunlight your voice is to me,
light that feared the darkness of the unknown no more
but conquered it with heartfelt love.
Life without your beautiful eyes
is life without air.
I can't breathe without you.
I am drowning in the Nile 
when you aren't here.
I struggle to swim below 
a desert sky of night,
chilled by the harsh wind
that comes with the dark.
I am stung by the breath that gave me comfort 
when you were still here with me.
I'm going back under,
dying in the precious waters of the thing 
that once gave life to my heart's desert.

Desert Romanceby Lydia Nicole Kautz

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