Coachella Valley Preserve (Dec 2016/Jan 2017)

Coachella Valley Preserve

 By Marc Mangel


We stand

Palm trees tower above us

The water is still

Desert pupfish dart below

but no mosquitos fly in December


Outside of the oasis

Hills rise

A rainbow floats above them

And paints the hills below

Psychedelic hills — purples, blues, yellows, red


We walk through sand and scrabble

Dry grasses

Towards another oasis

On the horizon


The palms there stand strong and proud

The water is also still

Reflecting those righteous trees calmly


We sit and think and feel

A gentle rain rolls over us

Refreshes us

Invigorates us


We start back


Dec 2016/Jan 2017