Friday, February 6, 2015

Desert Hike

This is a re-post of a poem I published in the spring of 2013. I seems my original post got lost in cyberspace . . . . . Gone without a trace except it's still referenced in Google Search. So here we go again............

When I had my heart attack last October (2012) I was immediately banned from hiking in the desert. Rightfully so, since I’m in my 80’s and, they had put a stent in one of my arteries which saved my life. A month later I underwent bypass surgery and in the recovery period I was also banned from the desert.

I recovered very fast and really wanted to go hiking in the desert again. “NO WAY!” said the good doctor. Not until four months after the operation. So you can imagine my joy when I finally got the okay to go hiking in the desert . . . euphoria! I was out there the next morning. Fortunately, the wildflowers were still blooming and I took some pictures.

Several people have suggested that I write a poem about the hike. So, I did! Enjoy . . . 

It was only a walk in the desert
But, oh, what a walk it would be
Since my heart did a medical alert
Hey, lovely desert, “long time no see”

Desert love does go deep to my roots
The crunch of granite beneath my boots
The smell of the creosote bush with rain
Critters scurrying across the rocky terrain

Wildflowers blooming in all their glory
Giving evidence to God’s creation story
The aroma and beauty are truly profound
 Miracles from a seed left in the ground

It’s great to be back; the desert is my friend
Its beauty abounds; life struggles never end
Buzzard circle over this old man with a pack 
Rest easy, friend; this “ole desert rat” is back



Here’s a link to great photo collection of desert flowers……….

P. S. . . . . Feb, 2015: As I approach my 85th birthday, all is well with my heart and I still go hiking in the desert.

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