Category Archives: Himmelsk

Lady of the Water Stash

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

 
“After we crossed the border, there was nothing,” the abuela tells her grandchildren, “just the desert, empty canteens, and the Great Thirst. Mama urged us on, saying that Papa was waiting in Phoenix. I didn’t care. My tongue swelled, my lips cracked and bled, I couldn’t sing—and you know how I love to sing. On the third songless, waterless morning, I saw something blue in the distance. Pensé que estaba soñando. I thought I was dreaming. Could it be Our Lady? I knew she often dressed in blue. As we drew nearer, I saw that it was a container, and on the side, a sign: Agua para Emergencias. I was sure that Our Lady had provided it, so I promised her that for the rest of my life I would sing this little song:
 


My springs are in you,
Lady of the Water Stash,
quenching all my thirst.”
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
sapphire-blue barrel—
a cup of tepid water
keeping dreams alive

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Blessings

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Unexpected August rains yield wildflowers, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


blossoming carpet
tossed on the wilderness floor—
rainy-day blessings

 
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Following

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


following her heart
pilgrim treks the wilderness
listening for God

 
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Caravanserai

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Threat of summer rain, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 
For seven halcyon days, the pilgrim has made her way through the wilderness, but now the sky is overcast. Rain is imminent. May I find shelter from the storm, she prays. But even as the last word leaves her lips, the first drops of rain begin to fall. Harder and harder they strike. Soon the pilgrim is drenched. She sinks to her knees, lifts her face to the heavens: All things come from You. All things serve You. Blessed be Your name. A bedraggled raven appears, landing on her shoulder. Its raucous caw sounds almost like human speech. It seems to be urging her toward a distant hill. At the foot of the hill, she sees a caravanserai. There she can shed her sodden garments and rest until the storm passes. Its mission accomplished, the raven takes flight.
 


how startled lizards
seek shelter from the deluge
under twigs and stones

 
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Mystical

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Aztec Ruins, Aztec, New Mexico
 


Mystical murmurs—
within the holy precincts
ancestors still pray.

 
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Conjuring

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Crumbling root cellar at an abandoned homestead, Southern California
 


conjuring sweet tales
of onions, beets and carrots—
the crumbling cellar

 
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Tribulation

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Sunrise, Southern California
 


how the old woman
no longer greets the sunrise
since her husband’s death

 
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Forgotten

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Abandoned homestead, Southern California
 


forgotten chimney—
where she, aged 5, warmed her hands
on winter mornings

 
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Remnants

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Dusk, Southern California
 


filling the wasteland
with the last remnants of light—
this dusky Champagne

 
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Untamed

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Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


driving her deeper
into the wasted places—
untamed affections

 
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