MICRO-POETRY: “Ode to a Desert Flower” by Alan

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“Ode to a Desert Flower”

Barren born beauty,
Frail desert flower;
Thy fleeting life —
Silence wrapped 
And glory crowned —
Lights my own forever.

by Alan

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I wrote that on a desert retreat, way back in 1977. When arriving in Borrego the evening before, it was all just sand around the retreat house. But when I went outside early the next morning the sand was now carpeted with exquisite, tiny flowers. It had rained overnight, and the seeds that had so patiently waited for the right conditions had all come to life, taking away one’s breath with their beauty, fragility, and such marvelous variety of color. Each one had incredibly short stems so that the flowers themselves seemed to paint the ground underneath. I still remember just bending over the closest one in awe, to breathe in its beauty and wonder. It was one of those special experiences that always stays a part of one’s life, providing inspiration and joy.

 Alan

(Posted with permission from the author)

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Life is like plants – it is oriented towards the light…

    Thanks for sharing, my dear friend
    From heart to heart
    Didi

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    1. Thank you so much dear Didi! Yes, we all thrive in the light!
      Have a beautiful day my friend! Peace and love from hear to heart 🙂

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  2. Wow what beauty and so nice to see them in their complete bloom with myraid colours. Awesome poem, Alan and so well composed. Love and light that reflects on all of us. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! I am sure Alan will be happy to hear your comments!!! ❤ Sending love and light to you my dear friend, Amira

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      1. For sure a lovely poem by Alan. Love and light to you too my dear friend Amira.

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  3. Wow! My favorite! I love desert flowers of all kinds; especially cactus flowers…..as you can probably tell. I’m moving back to AZ. shortly and looking forward to having them all around me, in my yard and otherwise and watch them bloom. This photography is delightful!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh that is so nice to hear! Yes, they are lovely flowers, a gift of a surprise when they bloom! It must be lovely to have them all around, and be so inspired each day by their beauty. Thank you for visiting dear friend 🙂 Sending light and joy your way, Amira

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      1. Thank you for your comment Amira! Interesting that you mentioned “surprise” because that is where I will be living in AZ soon; can’t wait, as I just love that State!

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        1. Oh what a breath-taking place! I had the blessing of visiting, and seeing the Grand Canyon, an experience I will never forget! Enjoy this new chapter in your life!!! Congratulations and best wishes on your move 🙂 ❤

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        2. Oh for sure, I am going to check and follow 🙂 ❤

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          1. go to fromcoaltodiamond.com. The other site for some reason didn’t work right so I had to do a new one when I first signed on to Word Press. Thanks!

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          2. I went to the previous one and signed in to follow a blog that has nothing on, I thought you were planning to add content to it once you moved to AZ… and now this new link is not working for me 😦

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          3. try http://fromcoaltodiamond.com in a search engine outside of WordPress and see if that will work.

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          4. Did you find the correct one yet? Yes, I was going to write once I got there but it didn’t happen yet and I thought I should just try it and see; and so I got started. From coal to diamond is the one that works so I hope you find it…….

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  4. Thank you so much! Check back with me on my Blog as I just “talk” and share things as I go and as much as I can.

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    1. I went to the site, but I am not sure is yours? There is nothing in it?

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  5. Visiting your site today, it’s still a pretty one! How are you doing today Amira?

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    1. still searching for your blog dear Charlene 🙂

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