Seasonal stream, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
“It is hard to say good-bye to beloved flesh,” Madeleine L’Engle writes in Two-Part-Invention. It is also hard to say good-bye to beloved places, but the Sonoran Desert and I will soon part company. The tiny public school, where I have taught since last August, is no longer able to retain all the teachers currently on staff. Because I was one of the last to be hired, I am among the first to be let go. There will be no last-minute reprieve. As I prepare to leave this seared and desolate land I have come to love, I find myself humming a plaintive tune, first sung many thousands of years ago by a disconsolate group of displaced persons: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4).
suddenly a stream
refreshing weary pilgrims
in the wilderness
The future is uncertain. The wilderness is now.
Posted on May 10, 2013, in Arizona, haibun, haiku, Haiku My Heart, Psalms, Recuerda Mi Corazon, Sky Watch Friday, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona and tagged desert, haibun, haiku, pilgrims, seasonal stream, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, wilderness. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.