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195403 Desert Magazine 1954 March

195403 Desert Magazine 1954 March

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Desert dandelions on the Mojave Desert. Photo by Mary Bealof Daggett, California.
TRANSPLANTING
By GLENN
W.
ARMSTRONG
Barstow, California
Oh!
Thoughtless person
who
planted
me
hereAway from sunshine, warmth and cheer.Expecting me
to
grow and thrive.Not noting I'm but half aliveBecause
of
changing my habitatFrom nature's own
to
where I'm
at.
And so
in
life we sometimes takeChild,
or
adult, and for his sakeWe think; force mold that stubborn clay;Determined we shall have our way.Stunting growth; no strength
for
strife.Your way, not his, retarding life.
DESERT WIND
By ETHELYN
M.
KINCHER
Meeker, ColoradoThe desert wind
is a
lonely windAs
it
drifts across the dunesIn search
of
dreams lost long ago.And
it
wails and cries and croons.The canyon walls are tall and old.And the cactus spines are sharp;The coyotes cry
in
the mesa sage.And
a
cedar
is a
harp;For the desert wind
is a
roving wind.And
it
rides the desert land,And the lonely song
in
the cedar treeIs the wind song
of
the sand.
LOST GOLD
By BESSIE BERG
Rio Linda, CaliforniaLost
in
the desert
of
the yearsA golden fortune, goal
of
all our days;Lost
in the
barren hills, directionless, withbitter tearsWe search among
dry
bones
and
laceratingthorn.Our soul cries
out at
last
for
water,
not for
gold!With parching lips,
the
bitter springs alongthe
way
Heedlessly
we
drink
in
agony
to
pay;And travel
far,
gaze fixed
on
shifting sands;grow oldAt last,
to
find the wisdom that has shornGlitter from metal, and we find the gleamInfinitely sweeter
in the
crystal
of a
desertstream!
NEW ENGLANDREALLY ISN'T
SO
BAD. BUT—
By MARTIN FULLER
II
Cambridge, MassachusettsWell,
I'm
trapped
in Old New
England,where the winter's cold and gray,But
my
heart
is
with
the
sunshine,
on the
desert,
far
away:For
the
tide
of
Spring
is
rising
all
acrossthat magic land,And
the
mystic force
of
life
is
wellingthrough the friendly sand.If you've never known the desert
in
the love-liness
of
Spring,Never felt
the
desert wind
and
sun,
and all
the joy they bring—Haven't looked
in
silent awe upon
the
des-ert's naked art,Then you cannot know
the
hunger
and the
longing
in
the heartOf one who loves the desert, who has knownit
as a
friend,Who
has
reveled
in its
vastness
and its
wonders without end—In
the
freedom
of the
desert, like
the
free-dom
of
the sky;In
the
beauty
of
the desert,
of a
scope thatstuns the eye;In the challenge
of
the desert, like the chal-lenge
of
the sea:In
the
firmness
of the
desert,
in its
agelessmajesty—And remembers now
the
desert, knows
it's
very
far
away.And
is
trapped
in
Old New England, wherethe winter's cold and gray.
DOMINION
AT
HAND
By AMY VIAU
Santa Ana, CaliforniaThe prospector sat beside his doorAnd watched the desert stars go by;Peace filled the night and filled his heartAnd with the silence reached the sky.Tomorrow, perhaps, he would go againIn search
of a
precious vein
of
ore,To follow
an
urge
for
gain
of
wealth.But tonight he wanted nothing moreThan the unfenced desert's offeringBeneath the crest
of
star-gemmed sky,And this sense
of
dominion deep within.Which the ore from
a
mine could neverbuy.
By GRACE BARKER WILSON
Kirtland, New MexicoYear after year the brown seeds
lie
Unsprouted
in
the ground;The barren desert stretched awayWhere only sands abound.Then came the rains; the seeds awoke.The desert sands were greenWith trimmings
of a
colored cloakOf flowers
to
deck the scene.
DESERT SOLILOQUY
By SARAH PHILLIPS SALINGER
Santa Barbara, CaliforniaSuch beauty
as is
mine,
is
strange
to
manWho thinks
of
beauty
as a
thing apart;Primordial forces once conceived the planOf star-decked
sky and
naked, sun-scaredland,A challenge
to
the heart and mind
of
man—Where silence reigns, and sod
is
sand.I dare show truth
of
life and deathSuch
as
must be on desert wildsWhere elements hold sway.
But
desert
sun
That bleaches bones and quickens lifeSo gently breathes
in
vernal nightThat desert blooms salute the light.The desert
is
profound, and bringsTo thoughts
of
man, eternal things:How Time grinds hills
of
stone
to
sand—How sunsets over-reach the landIn colors flung against the blueAs desert sunsets always knew—How steel-cut stars their pathways findWhile storms and fears confound the mind—Such storms each life on desert wasteSeeks out
a
darkened hiding place;While man finds answer
in a
prayer.Proclaiming—"God
is
everywhere!"
DESERT
By MERLE KELLY
I love the roll
of
the golden sand,The sweep
of
the sky overhead.The vibrant color
of
cactus bloom,Pink
or
yellow
or
red.I love the gray
of
the sage's
leaf,
Ocotillo, so tall and bare.Tall saguaro with hand upflung,Gay bloom
of
the prickly pear.My path winds
in
and out through
it al
Open and wide and free—Free
as
the wind which comes
so
softBringing God's peace
to
me.
By TANYA SOUTH
Thebars
arc
down. There
are no
lowly.Each
is as
good
as
all the rest.With effort for the highest whollyYou'll find your quest.But bear
in
mind,
as
you aspireFor that great Goal that you would
find.
He wins the swifter and climbs higherWho loves mankind.
2
DESERT MAGAZINE
 
DCSCRT CALCnDAR
March
(no
fixed date)—Opening
of
the
acequias
(irrigation ditches)
in
Rio Grande Indian pueblos,
New
Mexico. After hundreds
of
Indianshave cleared
the
canals
for
spring
use,
rites
of
the land are performed,accompanied
by
chanting
and
singing.March 2—Phoenix Visitors Club des-ert outing
to
South MountainPark, Phoenix, Arizona.March
4 —
Phoenix Visitors Clubdesert outing
to
Granite Reef Dam.March 6-7 Fifth Annual AlmondBlossom Festival, Quartz Hill,
in
southwest corner
of
Antelope Val-ley, California.March 7—Western Saddle Club gym-khana, Squaw Peak Arena, Phoe-nex, Arizona.March
7
Don's Club Lost GoldTrek
to
Superstition Mountains,
to
hunt
for
Lost Dutchman Mine.From Phoenix, Arizona. (See page19.)March 7—Desert
Sun
Ranchers
Ro-
deo,
Wickenburg, Arizona.March
9
Phoenix Visitors Clubdesert outing
to
Cave Creek,
Ari-
zona.March
11
Cattle Rustlers Ball,Wickenburg, Arizona.March 11-13
Jaycees' RawhideRoundup, Mesa, Arizona.March 13-14—Phoenix Visitors Clubdesert
and
mountain outing
to
Southern Arizona.March 13-14—Desert Peaks Section,Southern California Sierra Clubclimb
of
Martinez Peak
in
SantaRosa Range. Hike
to
start
at
Nightingale Camp, California.March 13-14—Desert Arabian HorseOwners' Association show, PalmSprings, California.March
16
Phoenix Visitors Clubdesert outing
to
Ajo, Arizona.March 18-21
Phoenix Jaycees'World Championship Rodeo, Phoe-nix, Ariz.March
19
Fiesta
and
ceremonialdance, Laguna Pueblo, New Mex-
ico.
March 20-21
Southern CaliforniaSierra Club camping trip
to
FernCanyon, near Palm Canyon, PalmSprings, California.March 21—Don's Club Travelcadeto Luke Field, from Phoenix, Ari-zona.March
23
Phoenix Visitors Clubdesert outing
to
Wickenburg duderanches.March
25
Phoenix Visitors Clubdesert outing
to
Superstition Moun-
tains,
Arizona.March 27-28
Southern CaliforniaSierra Club knapsacking naturalscience hike down Palm Canyon,near Palm Springs, California.March 27-28 New Mexico SquareDancers Association dance festival,Mesilla Valley, near
Las
Cruces,New Mexico.March 28 Don's Club Travelcadeto
San
Carlos. From Phoenix,Arizona.March
28
Desert
Sun
RanchersRodeo, Wickenburg, Arizona.March
30
Phoenix Visitors Clubdesert outing
to
Nogales, Mexico.
Volume
17
MARCH,
1954
Number
3
COVERPOETRYCALENDARWILDLIFEDESERT QUIZFIELD TRIPPROSPECTINGHISTORYWILDFLOWERSFICTIONEXPERIENCEHUMORLOST MINELETTERSPHOTOGRAPHYMININGCLOSE-UPSCONTESTNEWSWORKSHOPHOBBYLAPIDARYCOMMENTBOOKS
Bryce National Park. Photograph
by
ROBERT
J.
MORRIS
of
Ogden, UtahAwakening,
and
other desert poems
.... 2
March events
on the
desert
3
Government Sheep HerderBy OSCAR
V.
DEMING
4
A True-False test
of
your desert knowledge
. . 8
Field
Day at
Coon HollowBy RANDALL HENDERSON
9
"Oil"
on the
AmargosaBy CLINTON
C.
BALL
12
Uncle
Sam
Bought
a
Cactus GardenBy MURIEL LEDERER
13
Forecast
for
March
16
Hard Rock Shorty
of
Death Valley
16
Life
on the
DesertBy LOUISE SWITZER THOMPSON
... 17
Let
'er
Blow,
by
HARRY OLIVER
18
Trek
for
Lost Gold,
by
THOMAS
B.
LESURE
. . 19
Comment from Desert's readers
21
Pictures
of the
Month
23
Current news
of
desert mines
24
About those
who
write
for
Desert
25
Prize announcement
for
photographers
... 25
From Here
and
There
on the
Desert
.... 27
A Tumbling Mill
for the
AmateurBy
E. J.
MUELLER
32
Gems
and
Minerals
35
Amateur Gem Cutter,
by
LELANDE QUICK
. . 41
Just Between You
and
Me,
by the
Editor
... 42
Reviews
of
Southwestern literature
43
The Desert Magazine is published monthly by the Desert Press, Inc., Palm Desert.California. Re-entered as second class matter July 17, 1948, at the postoffice at Palm Desert,California, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Title registered No. 358865 in U. S. Patent Office,and contents copyrighted 1954 by the Desert Press, Inc. Permission to reproduce contentsmust be secured from the editor in writing.RANDALL HENDERSON, EditorBESS STACY, Business ManagerMARGARET GERKE, Associate EditorEVONNE RIDDELL, Circulation ManagerUnsolicited manuscripts and photographs submitted cannot be returned or acknowledgedunless full return postage is enclosed. Desert Magazine assumes no responsibility fordamage or loss of manuscripts or photographs although due care will be exercised. Sub-scribers should send notice of change of address by the first of the month preceding issue.SUBSCRIPTION RATESOne Year $3.50 Two Years $0.00Canadian Subscriptions 25c
Extra,
Foreign 50c ExtraSubscriptions to Army Personnel Outside U. S. A. Must Be Mailed in Conformity With
P.
O. D. Order No. 19687Address Correspondence to Desert Magazine, Palin Desert, California
MARCH,
1954

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