Category Archives: cactus

The cactuses will thank you

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


The cactuses will thank you,
The sage will do the same,
If you promise not to smoke,
Or threaten them with flame.
 
For even though their needles
Could clearly run you through,
Cacti can’t survive a fire,
And neither, friend, can you!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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News in cactus land

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Saguaro cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


What’s the news in cactus land?
What’s the TV say?
Is there any hope that rain
Will settle dust today?
 
Maybe someone has a tip
I can take to heart.
Wait! There’s always NPR—
I’ve heard folks there are smart!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Take a word or two

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Beavertail cactus blossom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 
 

Take a word or two—
mingle, calendar, or burning will do.
Splash them on a page,
or hang them with rope
from a branch
like lumps of suet
to feed the hungry jays.
All words woven by your hands
become poems, my daughter,
and yours will be the first weaving
to awaken daffodils
from their winter sleep.
Even the jays
will be amazed.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blooms

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Cholla cactus blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
    


Only in the desert sands
Do cacti thrive and bloom,
Not on crowded city streets
Where there’s no breathing room.
 
If you find a place of sand,
Where human prints are few,
There the lowly cactus waits
To show its blooms to you.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Flaunting

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Barrel cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California, March 2017
  


On the mountain path
a cactus flaunts its blossoms
for a day or two.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hummingbird Country

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Barrel cactus fruit, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 

We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.
Like tiny creatures
flitting here and sipping there,
we scan the sky.
Storm clouds hang heavy in the west,
where thunder is heard.
Can anything good come from thunder
or the burden that both of us bear?
You compare your pain to mine
to see whose is greater.
You say that the doctor’s poking
and prodding was not proper,
because it stirred up something inside you—
a storm that may destroy you.
But aren’t we stronger than storms?
We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Distant

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Organ pipe cactus at twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  

a new year’s twilight—
peering beyond the cactus
to a distant path

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Daybreak

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Daybreak with a saguaro, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


 
Photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hoarding

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Barrel cactus blossoms, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona
 


 
Haiga © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Singing

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Organ pipe cactus blossom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


singing in wonder
before the cream-white blossom—
one dove joins my song

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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