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Cholla cactus blossoms at daybreak, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona

You’d think that a cactus would welcome the light.
Instead, it was fighting with all of its might
The vanishing darkness, the lengthening day—
How strange was the battle I saw by the way!
The battle continues, or so I am told;
The stones and the sands repeat stories of old.
The warring goes on between darkness and light,
With cactuses getting caught up in the fight.

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on June 27, 2017, in Arizona, Cholla cactus, light verse, Midweek Motif, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Poets United, Rhyming poetry, Ruby Tuesday Too, Southern Arizona and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Great one!!! Enjoyed it very much.

  2. Sometimes wars and battles may be from conflicts that might not seem logical.

  3. very Nice response to today’s prompt. Happy Wednesday

    much love…

  4. I have a huge cacti garden. You can rely on them to be dangerous lethal majestic and wonderful.

  5. Excellent observation. After I read your poem, I looked at my own cactus garden with a new perspective. How much motion and temper there is in the stillness.

  6. I enjoyed this one!

  7. Fighting to survive is a fight I understand. The Cactus is winning, is it not?

  8. I really like this analogy. The cactus is like the wild things, and like all of us, fighting to survive, against formidable opposing forces.

  9. Nice. I can see why/how cactus is a fighter. I like the analogy and the reference here of the fight between light and darkness. Enjoyed.

  10. War seem so natural now.

  11. Whata great (matial) beat there was to this poem which was quite apt.

  12. Nice one Yes the warring goes on and all gets caught up in it

  13. A great piece Magical 🙂

  14. An original response to the challenge. Great rhyme and cadence.

  15. very poignant how the stones and the sand do remember….

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