Joshua Tree National Park, CA

If you walk in the desert
just after it rains, you’ll know
the joy of a thirst, finally quenched.

You’ll feel gratitude rising
through shimmering sand,
see raindrops sparkle
on needle pads and lichens
come to life on painted stones.

Reminding you of the last time
you were given a gift;
unexpected and glorious.
The way the clouds offered
their rain to the desert.

Not because it did a good job
or begged for it.