Category Archives: Northern Arizona
A deep depression near The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song
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shimmering heat waves
rising in the wilderness—
spirits cry as gulls
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just before sundown
scanning the sky for rainclouds—
even foxes pant
Kaibab National Forest, Northern Arizona
Apache County, Arizona
Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), Apache County, Arizona
A street the morning after rain, northern Arizona
Autumn 2011, Northern Arizona
As I shuffle through the arroyo, I keep dropping to my knees. An onlooker might mistake me for a pilgrim making my way to Lourdes. But the healing I seek cannot be found at some distant holy shrine. It is here in the dust at my feet: cedar twigs snapped off by storms; summer’s leftover flowers; small stones trying in vain to fatten themselves on wisps of winter sun.
I aim my camera at a clump of wasted wildflowers, remembering words from a letter written long ago: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…” (1 Corinthians 1:28, RSV).
Low and despised is winter’s detritus in the arroyo, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.
I search for underground streams—
three crows bear witness.
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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