Sleeping in the Sahara

Sahara Morocco

In the Sahara,
collapsed on a carpet,
air so dry my eyeballs ache,
colors transform,
beige to orange to black.

Nearby, unseen,
a camel’s never-ending chewing
keeps me company.

I drift,
under a purer black than I’ve ever known
and never-ending stars.

Sahara Morocco

Sahara Morocco

Sahara Morocco

I wrote this in response to the Gargleblaster prompt, “What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?” about sleeping in the Sahara in Morocco in 2010 (in 42 words).

Related: Morocco travel photos


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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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47 Responses to Sleeping in the Sahara

  1. Rae Hilhorst says:

    Such beautiful words, you drew me in xxx

  2. I like where you took this!
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  3. Jen says:

    Oh how cool, great use of the prompt!
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  4. I think everyone has a story related to looking at a starry sky, so I’m really excited about this prompt. Yours is the first entry I’m reading, and I love it, even it my eyeballs ached in sympathy after reading the first sentence! I’m glad you included the photos, too.
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  5. Ooo, I like where you went with this! Especially as I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco.
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks–I loved some parts, and didn’t love others. Overall, it was a more stressful trip than I’m used to, but I’m glad I went.

  6. Stacie says:

    Very nice! I think the camel chewing might kind of ruin the ambiance…
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  7. JannaTWrites says:

    I like what you did here – and the photos are an excellent addition!
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  8. Christine says:

    I love that this is a real-life story, that this prompt inspired you to write such a lovely little vignette. Really nicely done!
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  9. Sue says:

    loved the camel chewing – could relate – was in Egypt last year – gorgeous write

  10. gennaclaire says:

    A perfectly painted scene with just 42 words – awesome job!
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  11. Abby says:

    Very nice! Felt like I was there.
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  12. Larks says:

    There’s something so, so amazing about the clear night sky when you’re away from light pollution. I love me some city life, but the night sky in middle of no where? Nothing beats it.
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  13. tinsenpup says:

    What an amazing adventure! There’s nothing quite like staring up at the sky when you’re far from civilisation and earthbound light. It can take your breath away.
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  14. Rachel Heron says:

    Lovely images to go with the words, felt as if I was there!

  15. Anything with camels in it has to be good. Nice one!

  16. This is fabulous! Love the imagery, especially of the camel. 🙂
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  17. De Jackson says:

    Love this. My favorite so far.

  18. Kay says:

    That sounds like how I felt in a different desert, and it’s lovely! Desert skies really are the purest black, until you start to see the thousands of stars that were never visible before.
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  20. You captured the moment perfectly!
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  21. Catherine says:

    Beautiful little poem 🙂 Love the photo of the shadows of the camels.
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  22. Looks like an awesome trip! Im so jel of you! Doing things that I can only dream of. #SITSSharefest
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