I Heard The Desert Calling
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
BY GILBERT PARKER
I HEARD THE DESERT CALLING.
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.