Desert Flower  

sweetalyssum 47F
560 posts
3/2/2006 3:00 pm

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4/24/2006 8:45 pm

Desert Flower

It is during this time of year that I most long for the hills of the high desert where I feel that I spent my childhood growing up. A certain purplish cast to the hills meeting the blue sky and feeling that sense of freedom and aloneness that is not lonely ‒ only just alone.

I long for the crisp air that says spring is on her way no matter what the calendar says. One of my favorite things to do as a young girl was to climb on top of the huge shed that my dad had built and face the east as the sun was coming up over the hills. The roof tiles were cold under me, and I would tuck my nightgown around my bent knees and watch the landscape change colors.

There is perhaps 2 weeks of fragile beauty to the desert in spring. Two weeks where the new growth of fuzzy soft grass combines with the tiniest of purple and yellow flowers. Like a fairy turned upside down so that the underside of her skirt has fallen open over her head, little purple and yellow flowers so delicate. I would plan where I would first I would set my bare feet as I looked over my territory, feeling like a tousle headed princess surveying her domain.

And for once…I would be completely still as I drank in the beauty of my surroundings that made the gamine restless nature inherent in me, pause and balance on the edge of the roof of life; perfectly one with nature’s good morning kiss.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Kahlil Gibran

MrSharkey2000 52M

3/2/2006 3:48 pm

There is such sensuality and strength in your writing. We all have such times in our lives, you capture it so well. I can wrap my mind around those times in my own childhood using this beautiful imagery.

I love that good morning kiss that hints at nights of passion. Nights that fill our dreams and desires.

We all long for simplier times when we lived amidst castles in magical kingdoms far away in the clouds. With beautiful damsels and handsom knights in shining armour. (wow, how Pre-Rafaelite of me)

I digress

rm_magnet4u22 49F
18406 posts
3/2/2006 4:03 pm

Childhood memories are so good to look back on, aren't they? Good associations that stay with us.


rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
3/2/2006 7:13 pm

I was just there in the high desert. I love those early mornings and the way the light plays on the landscape. The fresh morning smells and the sounds of the awakening wildlife. Done good lady.

HeparFewerRayed 54M
99 posts
3/3/2006 8:25 am

The Mojave is one of my favorite places in the whole world. When I die I'm gonna have my ashes scattered there so I will later spring forth again in the Joshuas and Chollas and all of the grasses and flowers. It's so grand to witness such beauty. Thank you for reminding me!

gemini0157 59M  
6842 posts
3/3/2006 3:29 pm

Glad to see another person who can see the beauty in a desert, or the badlands... the plains...

Once again... great imagery... you're so talented!

tillerbabe 55F

3/5/2006 10:48 am

Oh, This is so beautiful! About 10 years ago, I experienced my first desert bloom... I will never forget it! {=}

spinmedown 49M
3626 posts
3/7/2006 4:35 pm

Embrace the earth with every step you take.

Most people are other people... FUCKING CHARACTER LIMIT!!! ~Oscar Wilde

redmustang91 57M  
8571 posts
3/15/2006 12:45 pm

Just at Borrego Springs last weekend. Pretty after the rain stopped. a little muddy with the water crossing the road. should be pretty wildflowers by this weekend. The desert teaches to grab the moment as it can end quickly.

MisterPriapus 56M
6980 posts
4/5/2006 5:22 pm

Very lovely.

During the dozen years I lived in SoCal, my favorite time of year was this all-too-brief interval between the seasons of Mud and Fire...



Been a while since they last let me out into polite society. Resurfacing, catching a breath, & catching up.

And while I got my Broad-Brimmed Pimping Hat on, could I cajole all of y'all to Comment on, Alone In A Cloud? It's probably the best thing that I've written!



sweetalyssum 47F

4/24/2006 8:45 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh...thank you my friends for sharing the beauty of this memory with me.

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