WILDFLOWERS IN THE DESERT

There’s Blue Sage and
Comet Blazing Star,
Forget-me-nots and
Desert Candle;
Owl’s Clover, and
Dune Primrose.
There is the Scarlet Bugler
And Rattlesnake Weed,
Prince’s Plume and
Linear-leaf Goldenbush;
Tidy Tips and Rock Cress,
Globe Gilia, and Adonis Lupine;
Pineapple Weed, and
Wooly Paintbrush,
Baby Blue Eyes, Fremont Pincushion,
And Sun Cups,
Bright yellow Coreopsis,
Thistle Sage and Desert Calico,
Dandelion, Apricot Mallow, and
Fiddleneck. There is,
Of course, also a landscape of
Millions of golden poppies.
The desert is in bloom
And it’s all here,
Clamoring for attention,
Demanding admiration.

–Sandra Lee Smith
April, 2010

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