Romancing the Wild


You can’t step into the same river—or wilderness—twice. Something is always shifting. Something added today will be subtracted tomorrow.
Winds fray the grasses. Blowing sand burnishes the stone. A hungry hawk hovers overhead and the mouse runs for cover, leaving tiny tracks.
A midnight snowfall dusts tumbleweeds and junipers, cacti and spent wildflowers. I walk through a sparkling wonderland that yesterday was brown and barren.
In the desert, snow doesn’t last long: wonderland today, mud tomorrow, dust the day after that. Yet in all seasons, I love this wild place.
Romancing a place takes dedication, just as romancing a person. You set yourself to the task for better or worse; for richer or poorer; in sun or in snow, praying that indifference never tames the wild longings of your heart.

all the little stones
are singing in the washes
snowflakes kiss the notes

Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: Northern Arizona
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Posted on February 21, 2012, in Arizona, haibun, Himmelsk, Northern Arizona, Poetic Bloomings, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Sky Watch Friday, Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, The Haiku Challenge 2012, Watery Wednesday. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Nice shot and well-written post 🙂

  2. I love this: You can’t step into the same river twice. Something is always shifting.

  3. Good one! nicely penned

  4. This is very well expresses… you are right.. it all takes dedication…

  5. VERY nice!! Well done ~~

    Here is my Day 21.

  6. SO true .. and so well said .. and I love that photo ..

  7. Wonderful. And that photo … wow!

  8. You can fall in love with a place…it doesn’t hurt you, which is great!

  9. Beautiful picture and words….there are those places that stay with you and you must revisit

  10. ‘snowflakes kiss the notes’
    enigmatic imagery!

  11. Your words are as wise as your picture is beautiful.

  12. Another lyrical haiku! “Snowflakes kiss the notes” – so pretty! Magical AND mystical!

  13. An interesting place and beautiful words to describe it

  14. Nice one…very creative take on the prompt ~

  15. It startles me to see snow in this scene.

  16. Such musical description! Yeah!!

  17. Great shot n I lke the haiku to go with it!

  18. ‘true gemma ~ romancing a place takes a dedication.. Smiles..

  19. Like romancing the dream of the wild places! A beautiful post!

  20. First time here. Great picture.

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