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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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Whispering Water

Desert streams photo SonoranApril20131378a_zps84defb6b.jpg
Seasonal stream, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


whispering water—
weary desert monk sipping
from the sacred stream

 

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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