The Desert

“They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars—on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.”

—Robert Frost, “Desert Places”, from A Further Range (1936)

  • I: Prologue (September 27, 2007)
    The beginning of a journey.
  • II: The Penitent (September 28, 2007)
    An encounter with a denizen of the desert who’s there because he thinks he deserves to be there.
  • III: The Traditionalist (September 30, 2007)
    An encounter with a denizen of the desert who’s there because she’s always been there.
  • IV: The Visionary (October 6, 2007)
    An encounter with a denizen of the desert who’s there because he thinks it’s paradise.
  • V: Epilogue (October 31, 2007)
    On the dark path leading out of the desert, strange things await…