thoughts from the desert

In literature and writing (and broadly in our cultures) we always associate the desert with deprivation, harshness, droughts and scarcity, and some sort of natural violence. A natural instance of violence. Violence and harshness manifest, incarnate. We use words such as ‘forbidding’ to describe the desert. It takes little to observe the lives of people who inhabit the desert and see that it is full of color, life, passion and good music. They sing well, they stitch well. They use color far better than you and I, just as they use sound and water and food better than you and I. This is because they understand the economy of it, and appreciate the beauty and preciousness of it. Going through the desert and its vastness and blankness, you come to notice the smaller things that populate this otherwise desolate and grey world. A blade of grass becomes more highlighted. A drip of water is more noticeable. Sounds stand out far better – as in the silver stream of a solo flute that travels for miles. And you see that desert is not blank and desolate and empty. It is bountiful and generous and giving. It is maternal almost. You just need to be prepared to see it, to ask. The desert has helped many a seeker find. And find both within and without. There is a rugged and depraved beauty to the desert. A certain passion in its seeming calm and vacuum. Given enough time, one can lose and find oneself anew in a desert. People in the desert lead simple lives full of meaning. They sing and dance well. They stitch and embroider well. They love with passion and abandon of the sort that comes with life only in the desert.


~ by safrang on June 14, 2010.

2 Responses to “thoughts from the desert”

  1. I loved this.. you are such an insightful writer/traveller/explorer…

  2. beauty lies in the soul and eyes of the beholder. Javaid has an amazingly beautiful soul and loving heart…he finds beauty and love where others don’t…Javaid, please come back!

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