I want to fully share the experience of the day,
I don't know how I truly can.
How can I make you feel
wind cutting through you,
finding every crack in your layers,
the only form of defense.
Sand pelting all over,
settling in your eyes,
gritting underneath the lids with every blink.
Skin being numb from cold,
while the body is overheating.
Stumbling with a sudden gust,
balance being tested while walking.
Stumbling again as a truck passes feet away,
as the air's currents suddenly shift
pushing one moment,
pulling the next.
How can I make you hear the
THAP THAP THAP
of the branches,
as they clash within the trees.
FLAP FLAP FLAP
of every lose corner of material,
preparing to take flight.
drowning out all but the nearby sounds.
How can I make you see
brown haze overtaking the horizon,
making the world much smaller.
Sand dancing across the road,
announcing that this is its day.
Trucks emerging out of the sand,
vanishing just as quickly.
Trash clinging to anything it can grab hold of,
shaking, unable to let go and move on.
How can I make you taste
Gritty sand, coating lips and edges of mouths.
making its presence felt in each sip of water.
How can I make you smell
as the sand clogs the sense.
How can I make you anticipate
sanctuary of the indoors at the end of the day,
only to be turned away for being foreigners in a small town.
Needing to return to that isolated truck stop,
as the police drive us 46 km to the closet hotel for foreigners.
How can I make you contemplate
that this is only the beginning.
Anticipating that the desert
will stretch on for the next three months.
Soon there will be no breaks from the elements,
this will only get tougher.
But I cannot
truly share the experience,
you would have to have been there.
Distance: 24 km
Total Distance: 1660 km
End: Yumen - Hotel
Written by Timb