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Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

When the old one speaks,
hungry lizards flick their tongues,
catching every word.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on August 8, 2013, in Arizona, Carpe Diem, desert, haiku, Palo verde tree, Sky Watch Friday, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Wonderful, moody skies and that tree is amazing! Great shot for the day!!! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. A very good sky contribution, I like it!

  3. Fantastic photo!Great tree!

  4. Wow…what an exquisite capture!

  5. That tree looks itchy ^_^ Great capture!


  6. Those are such incredibly brave trees growing in those conditions. Your picture catches the wonderful desert colors perfectly.

  7. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers

    Such lovely light, and set against that white sand. An interesting scene and a great capture.

  8. Love, love, love this photo! Great shot! ~ thanks, carol, xo

  9. The tree looks like it has faces with pointy noses!

  10. How interesting.

  11. I like the image with the tongues.

  12. As opposed to speaking in tongues? You always have a mind bending image or word within your haiku. What I see as a much more masterful haikuist than myself.

  13. Palo Verde = “stick of green”. This piece seems to resonate with Native American undertones as the “old one” of the desert speaks. You’ve also incorporated the fact that the lizards’ senses are within their tongues. *Reptiles have a specialized chemically sensitive organ called the Jacobson’s organ that is thought to be able to convert tastes into smells, and boosts his awareness of his surroundings. Snakes and lizards flick their tongue, capturing particles in the air. They then press these particles against the Jacobson’s organ, located in the roof of the mouth, which processes the particles and provides the reptile with necessary environmental information. This organ helps the reptile find prey, find appropriate mates and can even detect nearby predators.


  14. what a fabulous gnarled old tree with an interesting story to tell

  15. Let us hope those cold blooded ones look after the ancient one 😉

  16. Amazing haiku… that make me think… and that fantastic tree…

  17. The old tree and the lizards. They keep each other company in such trying conditions. It’s survival and you got it spot on, MMT! Great!


  18. Native Americans are here very strong in this haiku … those Natives had (and still have) really wonderful elder who told stories … in your haiku those ancient voices of the Native Americans are really resonating.

  19. Fabulous picture and poem. YUM.

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