Heat Shimmer … Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

heat hazed horizon
camels in the distance

silk road
nomads through the Gobi
artery to China

Khamsin howling
hot desert sand fills the air
blue robed Tuaregs

Arabian desert
muezzin calls the faithful
to Baytu l-‘Atīq

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

I lived for many years in Northern, Central and East Africa.  I’ve experienced the Khamsin, ridden through the desert and the Sahel, seen the blue robed Tuaregs and heard the muezzin call through the day and in the evening.  The muezzin call is what comes to mind when I think of the shimmering heat of the desert, perhaps for this reason.  I never got to see the Gobi however, but one of my favorite pieces of music is by Kitaro…Silk Road.