Potter’s Field

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Afternoon shadows lengthen in the potter’s field, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona

in the potter’s field
far from any beach or strand—
a widow’s keening

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on April 12, 2014, in 5-7-5, Arizona, Carpe Diem, cemetery, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, shadows, Sky Watch Friday, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, Yuma, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. It is a poignant view of a place where the many who have passed remain nameless, their headstones neatly lined up in a field of anonymity. Except that a Savior knows them well…the cross gives us hope as it stands in the potter’s field in remembrance of these souls surrounding a symbol of hope for all…

  2. simple beautiful MMT, thanks for sharing this.

  3. Oh, I thought it was a microphone on the gravestone. The keening can really pierce in that setting.

  4. Thanks for the explanation of what looked like a microphone! How did it get to be named, “Potter’s Field”?

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      potter’s field

      noun historical

      a burial place for paupers and strangers.

      ORIGIN with biblical allusion to Matt. 27:7: “And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.” (Buying the potter’s field is what the chief priests did with the 30 pieces of silver that Judas returned to them, just before he hanged himself.)

  5. You are the master/mistress of turning a prompt to suit your desert environs! The sound of her voice carries over the vast empty landscape, reaching right to my heart!

  6. Oh this is poignant and I can hear her keening.

  7. so her actual mournful cries could be heard, may our Lord give her comfort. I know that feeling all too well. the photo shows a section of a cemetery we have in our oldest cemetery, but it’s a military one.

  8. Thank you for the word ‘strand.’ I did not know the meaning of that word. Now I do!

  9. Unique photo and can certainly relate to the ‘widow’s keening’ ~ powerful haiku ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  10. The soft light over these silent sentinels is very moving. Beautiful scene.

  11. Interesting image.

  12. Heartbreaking but that’s life is.

    Cool ambiance and great shot as always.

    /CC girl

  13. powerful…interesting photo and haiku!

  14. Firstly, i had to look up ‘keening’ now i have a complet understanding of your haiku, i also thought there was a microphone on the cross, but i read the comments before mine

    have a nice Sunday

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    much love…

  15. Wow mmt what a wonderful haiku full of emotions … far from the beach … somewhere in the desert … Potter’s Field.


  16. I like the way you composed the image and the use of colros.

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