Category Archives: Maricopa County

Calling

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Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


Calling to winter,
saguaro’s voice is too weak,
so autumn remains.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Glee

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First Brittlebush blossoms of November, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


brittlebush blossoms
outshining the midday sun—
blind boy claps with glee

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Mount

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


the sacred mountain—
its way lies through the wastelands
how prickly the path
 
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the sacred mountain—
each pilgrim finds it crucial
for her spirit’s rest
 
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the sacred mountain—
malignant its detractors
scoffing at its fame
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the sacred mountain—
a pilgrim’s unvoiced yearning
yielding to the way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hoarding

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Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


saguaro cactus—
the desert’s water-bearer
hoarding precious dew

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Distant

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Desiccated remains of a saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


in untamed places
things twisted and forgotten—
distant is the plum

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Scoured

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


forever walking
along an endless pathway
scoured by wind and sun

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Thorns

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Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


marking holy sites
cloud by cloud and thorn by thorn—
pilgrim on the way
 
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crumbling stones and thorns—
decrepit holy places
luring pilgrim on
 
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longing for darkness
to hide the thorns and dangers
pilgrim scans the skies
 
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no credible sign
that night will disarm the thorns—
pilgrim pushes on
 
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third year on the road
weary of thorns and dangers
pensive pilgrim spits

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Mindful

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Barrel Cactus fruit, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


golden journey fruit—
hungry pilgrims feed at dusk
mindful of the thorns

 
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Shell

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Abandoned building, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


Desert Shell Motel
only the rats and lizards
checking in tonight

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Vision

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Dead saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


my sweat lodge vision—
an old saguaro’s carcass
crumbling in the sun

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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