By: Vince smith
The desert trip is one of the top features of the program, I really enjoy being in the desert, it is quite a humbling experience. I enjoy the spaciousness and sensation of being so close to nature and the wildness and baroness of being there under the strong sun. I love looking at the dunes and rocky outcrops, the wild animals, birds, camels, and it’s such a different experience from my life back home. It’s really beautiful and I was really happy to be there.
I really enjoyed the sunrise and the opportunity to travel in the dark on broken roads and arrive at our destination at the top to watch the sunrise. We had meditation at the top of the cliff, talking about gratitude and how lucky we all were to be there looking out across the Dead Sea and enjoy the moment together.
I did enjoy going to the mosque, it’s very beautiful. It’s great to share moments with my muslim colleagues and friends and respect the traditions on antiquity.
When the caravan leaves
Memories of minarets, rooftops and desert winds
A burning sun disappears and brings night’s bounty
We dance in firelight under the gaze of Jupiter’s moons
Upon the dusty rug, we search the heavens and pick our star
Separated at birth we sing the same song
The Imam’s prayer protects me.
Like camels, goats and sheep we come and go
Through chequered light the eye of history questions
As monuments cast long shadows of darkness on thought
How small we are in front of Him.
Western cameras outline a different lens
On a ceiling of clouds migrating birds flock
Who knows where they land
Who knows where the story ends.