Cholla.February.2015 photo AnzaBocholla2015_zps0e10ba17.jpg
Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

not even a scream
can dislodge desert shadows—
a fine sticking point

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on February 15, 2015, in 5-7-5, Anza-Borrego Desert, Blue Monday, California, Carpe Diem, Cholla cactus, Haiku Horizons, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Southern California, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. So desolate No wonder they cal it a desert !

  2. Desert- an isolated place..! Just like lives of many humans!


  3. I still scream at the thought of being close to a teddybear cholla… but I guess the desert wouldn’t care.

  4. The plants of the desert know how to protect themselves! Beautiful capture of the beauty of the desert.

  5. Ouch! You made your point! 🙂

  6. Yes, this was really funny!

  7. Now I am wondering why the scream? snake? prickly cactus? LOL.

  8. Clever! Sticking keeps shadows and danger close.

  9. I like the Hitchcock feel of this haiku (to me anyhow). “Not even a scream” is a great line to liven up haiku-land. 🙂

  10. Stickly and prickly. Nice poem.

  11. It’s ok here I come with a soft cushion and water!
    Wren x

  12. Ouch! That’s a sticky one!

  13. If a scream could turn the sun off maybe the shadows would leave (is that Alice talking or me 😉

  14. You’ve got the comments flowing with this one. Thanks.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  15. Beautiful shot! Some had a photo of a cactus at Face Book that said “Being negative only makes a difficult journey more negative. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it..” I thought it was a perfect choice of words. I remember driving through the Arizona National Forest and seeing the pine trees alongside with the cactus. Those cactus are such amazing life forms. Looks to me like they are lifting their arms in praise of God creating them and to think they have their own built in water system. Amazing!

  16. beautiful, in essence

    much love…

  17. It is hard to understand how anything grows in the desert, but much beauty can be found there. Always enjoy the sights you share.

  18. I love this! The imagery and the Haiku. I work with a land trust to protect dessert prairie eco-systems, so I am a fan of the cacti.

  19. Great shot and words. 🙂

  20. i’m so stuck on you
    my piercing cactus lover
    that is why i scream


  21. Yeah, they stuck there forever…..I’d love to hope the only gravity we could worry about at this ‘sticky point’…

  22. simple words, very powerful imagery and haiku.


  23. hard shadows to be found in deserts 🙂

  24. A chilling observation.

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