The poems contained in this book are a mixure of funny, celebratory and other worldly. They should transport you to the land of the broken, where an army masses in the desert, following the great red river to the shining city of their destination. Some have taken up shop in the desert and have made their city there, while others travel on to the shining city. The poems are taken from the lives of various desert dwellers as they struggle with smoking and depression, as they refl ect on funny incidences during their lives- some involving revenging guinea pigs, confused teenagers, curiously addicted wives and mental home patients. Youll fi nd the desert setting in which the poems are written, is in fact not a literal desert but a place of boat races and songs, green grass, fl owers, swans, and crazy dogs! The desert is in fact our western world waiting for the return of Jesus, it is our world seeking to emulate that heavenly Jerusalem, mentioned in Revelation. The desert dwelling is a place where we try and bring heaven on earth, but where also hell sometimes breaks through. Ultimately, with our well knit words like defences against the enemy, we come through victors in Christ and celebrate the power we have with the spoken word to bring joy out of sadness, hope out of despair and funny out of....funny!