Thorns

 photo saguaroMaricopa_zpsc1e2a229.jpg
Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


marking holy sites
cloud by cloud and thorn by thorn—
pilgrim on the way
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
crumbling stones and thorns—
decrepit holy places
luring pilgrim on
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
longing for darkness
to hide the thorns and dangers
pilgrim scans the skies
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
no credible sign
that night will disarm the thorns—
pilgrim pushes on
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
third year on the road
weary of thorns and dangers
pensive pilgrim spits

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Posted on March 5, 2014, in 5-7-5, Arizona, cactus, Carpe Diem, Maricopa County, saguaro cactus, Sky Watch Friday, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, Three Word Wednesday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Any pilgrimage certainly makes you tougher..more wary..maybe the point is in the thorns (if you’ll pardon the pun!)..

  2. Loved it! I was thinking we are all on pilgrimage as we face this first day of Lent! Blessings

  3. Pilgrims certainly have a lot on their plates. Tolerance factor must be at its best! Nicely MMT!

    Hank

  4. any pilgrimage is full of thorns. great haikus

  5. The last line of the last poem was a surprise!! Did not see the spitting pilgrim coming! 🙂

  6. A prickly collection. Isn’t it curious that our environment shapes us? I suppose it is writing about what we know and are close to.

  7. The journey can be exhausting… any commitment can be.

  8. Wonderful set of ‘pilgrim’ haiku and love the cactus photo ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xxx ~ ps. Crocuses are popping up ^_^ despite the snow and cold.

    artmusedog and carol
    http://www.acreativeharbor.com

  9. Such a peaceful scene with the blue skies and the desert.
    JM Illinois

  10. A pilgrimage caught in a series of wonderful haiku … every pilgrimage”s route has its own thorns … Namaste

  11. Weary of thorns and dangers is a poignant line. Lovely work!

  12. Sagueros point toward the beautiful blue Arizona sky! Lovely memories.

  13. This is a great shot!

  14. The journey continues, even when we think we have arrived, we move on again, and again.

    Thanks for your visit…I am attempting to catch up 🙂

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