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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

ways of spear and thorn—
pilgrims quake with gratitude
for the daily tests

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on February 28, 2014, in 5-7-5, Arizona, Blue Monday, Carpe Diem, flowers, Haiku My Heart, Recuerda Mi Corazon, Sky Watch Friday, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, wildflowers and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Always a lovely image and something to provoke thought. Have a blessed week-end.

  2. dear prickly poppy
    the way you bloom so softly
    inspires haiku

  3. oh how beautify… tested again and again we continue our journeys, grateful for breath, for life.

  4. beautiful… then again, you have beautified my day with your words and image:-)

  5. Our water was frozen when we woke up this morning. When we called the two people that could help us and couldn’t, God did. All of a sudden the water came back on. I don’t know why it came back on. I don’t know why it was off. But, I know I am grateful for water. Now I can breath in and breath out and all my worries are gone for this moment.

    Thank you for posting this prickly pear image and being here week after week. I always look forward to visiting your blog when I can.
    JM Illinois

  6. And find the way through…

  7. You captured perfectly the idea of being grateful for both the flower and the thorn – very zen but also very Ignatian too!

  8. I love the “quaking” with gratitude….clever. appreciation yet with knowledge of the thorn:)

  9. Beautiful pic!!! And you haiku is one this pilgrim will reflect on!! Thank you! Have a grand weekend!!

  10. A sober reminder of it all, beauty mingled with pain, but nevertheless beauty~full. x

  11. The flowers are lovely on their own but the thorns add that edge of yin and yang together.

  12. Beautiful photo and marvelous haiku with such clarity of life ~ thanks, ^_^

  13. Such a beautiful flower against the blue sky, on what looks like a deadly plant.
    All the best Gordon.

  14. introduced to a new flower… poppys with prickles… and white at that…. yes, I await the torture and purity of living…

  15. What an original poppy! Here there red and frail…nice haiku as well 😉

  16. Pilgrims are on their path with gratitude unless of bad weather and so on … nice haiku MMT and again a gorgeous photo.

  17. a beautiful photo. It really does face a test every day, every bloom.

  18. ouch, a prickly poppy, glad that the ones that grow here have no thorns! however, like the rose, this poppy is quite lovely.

  19. Yes, it has a nice white color, lovely poppy!

  20. just beautiful!

  21. this is so sweet; im grateful for blog friends; have a nice Monday

    much love…

  22. What a sharp photo against that lovely blue sky.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  23. Now that’s magical.
    Great photo ;D
    Waving from a sunny Bonnie Scotland

  24. Nature does a good job on wild flowers. Nicely done as always.

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