pink mallow on the atacama

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driest place on earth

abloom with wild malva

cyclical, as is everything


el nino climate change brings more rain

than in the past eighteen years

so no, god did not paint this chilean desert,

it is science


the adaptation of characteristics,

look for a reason, you’ll find it

in the colour of the petals,

the acid content of the soil,

the method of pollination


always, rivers swell and recede,

mud slides down mountains,

tides rock back and forth like moondance

then water colourists and photographers swarm

fully equipped for miracles


ah! for every artist there is a first time

but reinvention, forgery is


across generations