‘Like the Garden of the Lord’ (Isa. 51:3)

    “‘Like the Garden of the Lord’ (Isa. 51:3)” Ensign, Apr. 1997, 11

    “Like the Garden of the Lord” (Isa. 51:3)

    There is something holy

    about the desert in spring.

    The prophecy of last year’s seeds

    is fulfilled in a measure of color

    dazzling as revelation.

    Saguaro raise their arms to heaven

    and receive blessings

    of white blossoms.

    Gold fire burns brittlebush;

    lupine spreads lavender peace

    on thorny hillsides,

    and in an atonement of red,

    extending like a prayer

    on the tips of ocotillo,

    tracing the veins of phlox,

    staining the desert floor

    with clusters of scarlet bugler,

    I find, despite the hard judgment

    of stone and sun, mercy

    and a promise of resurrection.

    Background: Photo by Kent Miles; Inset: Photo © Tony Stone Images/Gary Braasch