October Desert- 4:00am

By Brian Gaunt

No moon. The deepest midnight blue imaginable. The Milky Way spilled across my sky. Stars so big they make shadows. 
A hint of light, low to the northeast. Heaven going cobalt blue. Mountains begin to show their shape.
The air  is crystal. So clear and clean, breathing is like a drink of ice-water on a 105 degree day. 
A crimson band expands over the horizon. Snow drapes the mountain rim flanks, ready to reflect the morning colors. Salmon pink and gold. 
A snow-melt stream meanders towards me, tumbling and talking through sage of the desert. 
And the Sun rolls right up side the Steens Mountains lighting the high plateau. 
I wonder….who saw all this before me? 

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