Today’s Carpe Diem Haiku prompt is Yuunagi (Evening Lull)
Today I share another story from our Australian life…
Image by rumpleteaser
My wife Jo and I visited Uluru some years ago and we were lucky enough to take dinner in the desert. After the heat of a Simpson Desert day, we were driven to our outdoor restaurant to enjoy the changing colours of Uluru at sunset whilst sipping ice cold champagne. Darkness fell and whilst indigenous musicians serenaded us, the night sky was lit by an explosion of starlight. Meanwhile, at the edge of our encampment, the ochre earth came alive with creatures seeking their meals whilst the sun slept.
as evening lulls
Uluru fills our glasses
desert springs to life
Image by Peter Ruckstuhl
As we finished our desert desserts, and coffee was served, nature laid on an unexpected grand finale. Uluru lit up, as forks of lightening thrust their prongs against the rock and deafening thunder made all life jump. As the storm rode towards us, espressos were drunk expressly and we all moved in rushes to the buses – just in time before the torrential downpour hit and thirsty desert creek-beds flowed once more.
lightening strikes the rock
hot rain thrashes thirsty ground
desert wounds run deep
I could write on about the amazing experience that is a visit to Uluru in the middle of our sun baked continent. Perhaps we’ll visit there together again one day. Until then, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this glimpse.
Smiles, love and laughter
© John Belchamber 2013
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