Wilderness Now

Seasonal stream photo SonoranApril20132354a_zps20b46e6a.jpg
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.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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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 , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. {{ exactly !!

    your haiku is like a sudden*stream
    as i am feeling
    is a one word description
    of me
    @ this very moment … }}

  2. Lovely photo ~ which brings to mind a book ‘Don’t push the River’ ~ love the line…’suddenly a stream’ ~ blessings to you ~

  3. Very beautiful photo for SWF!Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

  4. I’m so sorry about your position. I have loved your desert posts and am happy that you have grown to love it here. Blessings on your journey.

  5. I hope that your time in the wilderness is short and full of abundance. Good luck with these changes.

  6. I will sorely miss your posts and pictures about the Sonoran Desert, special to me because it’s where I came of age. As a retired teacher, I am tuned into all the cuts that touch so many lives…I know that the proverbial door will open to something wonderful for you!

  7. Summers come and then slip away; The beautiful birds sing and bid a fond farewell, life may seem to be in a disarray, but God blesses us in so many other ways everyday!! It is for us to recognize it!!
    PS I will miss the beauty of the desert that you bring alive in your Haiku!!

  8. may you find your stream and follow with a renewed heart;
    your rightful place home.

  9. Beautiful capture. Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

  10. Like the others, I have loved your desert posts and your many Virgin of Guadalupe photos and poems. I wonder where you are headed, and what you will share with us next? May you be blessed in your next adventures!

  11. Am feeling so sad for you…not just teaching, which you love, but your love of the land which has come through nearly every haiku I’ve read. Good teachers are needed but I imagine this economy does not make it easy. Know I’m sending you positive energy for your next dream to be realized.

  12. I am so sorry.May this sadness somehow turn to a future filled with joy and perhaps adventure as you discover a new voice in a new wilderness! Peace be with you.

    Psalm 20
    “I pray that the Lord will listen when you are in trouble, and that the God of Jacob will keep you safe. May the Lord send help from his temple and come to your rescue from mount Zion. May he remember your gifts and be pleased with what you bring. May God do what you want most and let all go well for you. Then you will win victories, and we will celebrate, while raising banners in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all of your prayers!”

  13. Yes! A twist in the road,
    but always
    a sudden stream…
    Something wonderful will come of it
    to be sure…♥♥

  14. It must be sad indeed to leave such a beautiful place…

  15. Oh… so no more dessert posts. Good luck on your journey. Will look forward to posts on your next stop.

  16. I am so sad for your being let go. I hope this change will be a positive one in the end. Although this kind of thing happened to me 30 years ago, I remember it well, and I did end up in a job I truly loved. Best wishes to you, dear teacher.

  17. Let the meditations of your heart be peaceful and may you travel smoothly to a new endeavour.

  18. Aww. I’m sorry to hear of the dislocation. I have so enjoyed your desert photos and the poems that they inspired. Whoever gets you next is blessed indeed!

  19. I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  20. A lovely haiku, though I am sure you feel sad about leaving. Maybe being there prepared you well for your next stage.

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