Inspired by the article by Monica Disare, "City, County Food Deserts Located," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10, 2013
There are deserts on the Appalachian Plateau
Deserts not classified by Koppen but known to Tuan
"landscapes of fear"
pockets of isolation
go unseen by many
The gently rolling hills ... pastoral bliss
The commercial riverfronts ... such promise
Hidden are the deserts where people are living in quiet desperation
Seek out an oasis
-- Paul J. Cech
Paul J. Cech, a high school teacher, lives in Washington County. His work has appeared recently in The Other Voices International Poetry Project and in Fig Leaves.