When the desert smells like rain

15 Oct
Rain shadow over Hen Egg Mnt.

A wave of cool breeze sweeps over me
pushing the heavy warmth away
and carrying the sensuous smell
of damp desert earth
tinged with tangy creosote bush.
Small droplets of cold water
make tiny little skin muscles
wake the wispy hairs that
stand like porcupines on my arms.
Open your nostrils and breathe it in.
Drink the odors of the desert under rain
and listen to thunder music caress your ears.
This is when the desert smells like rain.
Embrace it.
This is when it all comes to life.


3 Responses to “When the desert smells like rain”

  1. HT October 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Beautifully evocative. I know that smell.

  2. inspirationalvillage November 7, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I know that smell in the forest- thanks for taking me away to the desert and giving such an experiential moment of a vastly different and beautiful place.

  3. Macrobe November 12, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Thank you both for your comments! While making adobe blocks this week I was reminded how the odors from different soils contribute to the cacophony of scents that are released during a rain. The wet black sand and clay from the arroyo was heavy with an old heavy musty scent: javelena and volcanoes 😉

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