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Photograph of a view flying above clouds looking down on the Sahara desert.

Poem: Sojourn

Joel Kurz

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We are high up in the sky
flying over the Sahara,
eating ice cream the color
of the sand below.
We are encapsulated from it.
We have transcended it.
We do not have to plod through
its extremes with chafed skin
and parched mouths while staring
at the endlessness ahead of us.
We know a journey of ease,
exempt from the experience
this desert has exacted
since the dawn of time.
Our deserts are different now.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photograph by abdallahh, Wikimedia Commons.

Flying above clouds looking down on the Sahara desert.
Contributed By Joel Kurz

Joel Kurz is a pastor in Missouri. He serves on the board of With God’s Little Ones and has been a contributor to The Center for the Care of Creation. His poetry has appeared in Sojourners, Weavings, Friends Journal, Lutheran Forum, The Cresset, and The Other Journal.

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