Tenderfoot in tinder territory

the word has real meaning

for those who trod the trails

felt the stones deep

into the soles of pain

& now we drive the desert

a journey that would take a week

completed in easy hours

& we cannot perceive it

see the terrain the same

as harsh as it really is

with the air con on low

bottled water always ready

music thumping the speakers

our soft shoes pumping pedals

we will never know

the transition from tenderfoot

to old wizened hand

seasoned traveler in desert lands

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