Category Archives: desert

Scattered

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Broken dinnerware, littering the desert near Yuma, Arizona
 


Can these scattered shards be repaired?

 
Photo and text © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Glow

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Palo verde trees in bloom as shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, March 2015
 


“Let your colors out,”
the sky says to the desert,
“let your colors out.”
 
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Even at dusk the blossoms glow.

 
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Beguiling

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A creosote bush, left, and a palo verde tree seem to be conversing, while clouds and mountains listen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Both bushes and trees
beguile the clouds with stories,
waiting for moonrise.

 
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Nowhere

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


from my vantage point
along the way to nowhere—
one thin note of hope

 
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Shrine

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Remains of a dead Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


stripped of every leaf
willow in the wilderness—
desolation’s shrine

 
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Thorny

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) seed pods at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


It is difficult
on the dark and thorny way—
stories no one tells.

 
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Streams

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in bloom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a single blossom
renewing the streams of light
in sorrow’s old house

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Wastelands

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Ocotillo blossoms, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Something in the air
compels the ocotillo
to call wastelands home.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Why

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Remains of a dead Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Under the willow
one lizard tries to explain
why all the leaves fell.

 
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Ample

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Palo verde tree, glowing with the last rays of daylight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


showers of blossoms
reviving weary pilgrims—
springtime’s ample feast

 
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