dust from Sahara
in me eyes and on my tongue
wide world dust still dust
According to a report from NASA, the NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of the large light brown plume of Saharan dust over the North Atlantic Ocean. The image showed that the dust from Africa’s west coast extended almost to the Lesser Antilles in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. The image showed that the dust had spread over 2,000 miles across the Atlantic.
Normally, hundreds of millions of tons of dust are picked up from the deserts of Africa and blown across the Atlantic Ocean each year. That dust helps build beaches in the Caribbean and fertilizes soils in the Amazon. It can also affect air quality in North and South America.
This weekend the dust cloud reached North Georgia.
With a view to the horizon the dust is very easy to see.
You can feel it in the air, this dust from the Sahara.
It gets in your eyes and makes them water.
It gets on your tongue and you can taste it.
It gets in your nose and makes you sneeze.
It comes from 2000 miles away.
And it reminds me of numberless games of softball in countless parks on chalky fields.
Do they play softball in the desert?