Shadow Prayers


this window—
ten thousand prayers
trickle through

© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson
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Posted on November 27, 2010, in Arizona, Mission San Xavier del Bac, my digital photos, my senryu, Shadow Shot Sunday, Sonoran Desert, Tucson. Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Are the bars a sign of modern times or were they there to keep the occupants inside? Nice shot.

  2. lovely photo to just sit and take a moment in…one to send up a prayer to. thanks mmt.

  3. ah, the missions. heavy with story. there is sometimes weight to beauty.

  4. In the Mission, the divine beauty is sought. And captured, the sun and shadow, perhaps the smile of God is permeating through the window – and quite lovely…

  5. Such a beautiful capture! And your words are beautiful and meaningful as always! Have a lovely day and a wonderful weekend!


  6. I love the image of ten thousand prayers trickling through the mission window on their way to God.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. An excellent composition, with the dark glazing bars conveying an image of the cross, to go with your thoughts of prayers.

  8. lovely photo, nice shadows!

    Crafty green Poet

  9. The cross, the prayers, the little boy. I can feel the peace and quiet.

  10. Such a lovely shot! The shadows are so disctinct! Love your haiku!

  11. I’m glad the prayers make it up to the heavens.


  12. How true is that .. concise and to the point .. and you immediately “get it’ .. the shadow is exactly that way as well !
    Perfect : )

  13. Prayers are so powerful to all believers and one of them is ME…

    Thanks for sharing and reminding me, Maam?

    Hope you’re enjoying your week-end.

    Happy SSS…

  14. Shadow Prayers. How sublime. have a great week ahead.

  15. Nice shot, very peacful.

  16. When you juxtapose
    light in a window with a
    thought, you get magic.

  17. Great photo and your poem is lovely! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

  18. prayers slip through
    like clouds….

    beautiful shadow…and light.

  19. Lovely shot. Hope it is a window of a prayer room…

  20. A beautiful, meditative haiku complements the lovely shadowy window in the photo!

  21. I feel the kiss of heaven coming through the window.

  22. Come and sit by me
    If only for a short spell
    Soaking in the sun

  23. For some reason it reminds me of a Willa Catha novel. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving poetry!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      “Death Comes for the Archbishop” is set in New Mexico–right next door to Arizona. I imagine the dying archbishop visited missions like this one on his journeys as shepherd of the faithful. Good observation, Square Peg Guy!

  24. Wow – thanks for the link…we were curious & think that Mission is fabulous! Great picture – love how the bars of the window look much like a cross. Lovely!

  25. This photo is beautiful and the Haiku complements it perfectly!! I love it!

  26. Really beautiful, love this. So nice.

  27. The mission must be such a peaceful spot to visit.

    Wonderful photo and words.

    thanks for the poem tonight! chasing shadows is a fun diversion, isn’t it?

  28. An outstanding shadow photograph, MMT!

  29. wonderful shot!

    love your poem you left on my blog – thank you!!

  30. I also wonder about the bars…I am glad they don’t stop the prayers!
    Thanks for the poem, it’s fun to chase shadows!

  31. Great shadow shot!

    Thank you for the lovely poem you left in my blog.

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