Your love has faded
          like the desert sun
                    as it sets slowly
in the cold and shivering night.

          I come to you
walking quietly as if
            you are a faint mirage
in the hot and feverish desert.

My passion will sear and sizzle alone
           like the desert sand in the midday sun.

John RC Potter is an international educator and gay man from Canada, living in Istanbul. His story, “She Got What She Deserved” (Literary Yard, June 2023), has been named one of the Top 100 Projects in the 7th Annual Launch Pad Prose Competition. John RC Potter – Author Website (