Teddy bear (or jumping) cholla cactus near Ajo, Arizona

The desert is better than books,
No matter how barren it looks;
There’s grace to be found
In dry, dusty ground,
In spite of the absence of brooks.

Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on April 12, 2017, in Ajo, Arizona, Cholla cactus, light verse, limerick, Midweek Motif, Poets United, Sky Watch Friday and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. aw…lovely capture of Grace in words and lens…

  2. True.. you can learn from nature what you can never learn from a book.

  3. Indeed the desert has its own charm. A beautiful place. I have found that any outdoor place is better than books. No matter its looks.

  4. This could be written only by the lover of the desert. You see what others come and never see. Perhaps the desert is a book?

  5. Wonderful capture and a lovely way of looking at a desert. And yes, we can learn more from nature!

  6. I love this…….and what a wonderful photo! The desert is a source of unending discovery, I am certain.

  7. Nature is a wonderful teacher … but book can take us all over the world! Love your limerick!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      You and Emily Dickinson are soul mates, it seems!

      On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 8:28 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  8. I do love the desert. Luckily, we can love the desert and books too. They are not mutually exclusive.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Oh, I love books too! My life would be ever so much poorer without them.

      On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 11:54 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  9. Smiles – all a matter of perspective! I love both though!

  10. Haha! I love reading landscapes. No argument here.

  11. Well done, MMT! I love the cactus in your photo.

  12. Ha nice take…abundance and brooks are in books and nature. …loved the Limerick!

  13. That Cholla cactus has worked an excellent way of colonising the desert with its babies.

  14. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Well … I’m willing to allow that it might be insome ways almost as good as. Fortunately, one can have the desert and books too!

  15. I have never seen such a cactus. And I love your poem today, you went all out.

  16. What a great photo! Really illustrates why cholla cactus can be so hard to avoid!

  17. Lovely scene

  18. I always loved desert scenes! It looks dry and arid but it has so much character!

  19. I love your limerick! That photo is great too I love cactus!

  20. Such uncluttered beauty!

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