September prickly poppy photo SonoranpoppySept_zps340521b0.jpg
Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) in September, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona


To know a place you have to walk it again and again. Slowly. Eyes open. Expectantly. I walk the wilderness daily. Even on the same paths and in the same places there is always something new. I know where to find the ironwood tree and the indigo bush. I know where a young saguaro shelters in the shadows of its nurse tree, a palo verde. And I know where the prickly poppies grow, blooming in snowy profusion in April and May. As the desert days become hotter and hotter, the flowers go to seed. September is not a prickly poppy month. Yet something draws me to the place where I saw them in the spring. A single white blossom clings to one spiny, bedraggled stalk. I fall to my knees before this wonder, weeping for joy at my good fortune.

on poppy petals
darkness arranges itself
for a midday snooze

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on September 7, 2014, in 5-7-5, Arizona, Carpe Diem, haibun, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, wildflowers and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Beautiful flower for your writing. Very nice combination.

  2. One single flower is like a miracle….beautiful!

  3. I really enjoy your post great photo and poetry, what more could I want 🙂

  4. Gorgeous picture and stirring words.

  5. I love the contrast between the beautiful flower and the prickly leaves.

  6. The midday sun is too strenuous. Had always thought poppies are red! Thanks for info, MMT! Nicely!


  7. Sometimes the flowers are there despite harsh conditions..

  8. Ah … a power nap may be 🙂

  9. Unbelieveable. What a contrast between “body” and flower!

  10. This is so beautiful. We have had azaleas re-bloom this month, they are also spring blossoms… what a joy! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

  11. I like this – I am having issues getting to you from the CD link.
    Says your page isn’t available or your server can’t be found.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Sorry about the “issues.” I don’t know what to tell you, except that you might try going to my home page (instead of clicking on the link) and scrolling down to whatever I’ve posted for the CD prompt. Maybe that will work. I’m certainly not an Internet genius! 😉

      On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 4:50 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


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