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El Niño's Tears
Robert Walton


Cinquefoil and Gold-Fields,
Grow in the dry streambed -
Impatient blossoms bursting
Into galaxies of golden novae,
Swirling about their stellar business,
Obscuring the fact that
El Niño’s reluctant tears
Failed to resurrect
Even an hour of ripples
In Mission Creek.
© by Robert Walton.
Used with the author's permission.



Robert Walton is a retired middle school teacher and a lifelong rock climber with many ascents in the Sierras and Pinnacles National Park. His publishing credits include works of science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. Robert’s historical novel, Dawn Drums, won the Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction in the 2014 New Mexico Book Awards. Most recently, his book, Joaquin's Gold, was published as a paperback and a Kindle eBook. It offers fictional adventures about the famous California bandit, Joaquin Murrieta. Learn more about Robert at



Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Like the way this poem portrays the dryness of the creek.
Posted 10/13/2018 06:41 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
A thoughtful, touching poem on a pressing 'Swirling about their stellar business"
Posted 10/13/2018 12:37 PM
Like your title, Robert, and your skillful use of language. Well done!
Posted 10/13/2018 08:27 AM
Larry Schug:
Nice word/picture of a dry stream bed, a feature of the landscape I find worthy of a poem.
Posted 10/13/2018 07:18 AM

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