Poem on the Desert

Author’s Note: This poem was written in 2012, and is dedicated to my friend Brittany. The poem tries to keep much of the atmosphere and themes of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, as found in the Gospel of Luke. It is titled “Eight,” because of its eight lines.


A man into the desert went

The stars have often claimed

He would not stop till he was through

He sought to find his name


The brambles and the serpentines

Tore at his ankle’s bone

But not until the mountain top

His en’my, he was shown

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