Category Archives: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Daggers

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A variety of cholla cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Whetted by the sun,
the cholla’s deadly daggers
keep all foes at bay.

 
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Light

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Light creeps inexorably across the wilderness.

 
Photo and text © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Piping

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


a dove keeps piping
beyond the distant mountains
endless notes of joy

 
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Moment

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


At any moment
a mourning dove may alight
on the leafless tree.

 
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Wren

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Tiny cactus wren,
what about the great mountain
incites you to war?

 
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Warriors

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Two saguaro cacti seem to be battling each other at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Sometimes in this world you see things that are strange.
I once saw two cactuses out on the range,
And swear they were punching out each other’s lights—
It was one of those weird and wonderful sights.
 
I wonder if that’s the way things go on Earth:
Contentions beginning the moment of birth.
Does anyone think that all warring will cease,
So all of Earth’s creatures can revel in peace?

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

War

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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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Cholla

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Cholla cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Little cactus wren,
your nest in the tall cholla
blew away last night!

 
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Which

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Two saguaro cacti tower over wildflowers during the spring 2017 “super bloom” at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Noisy cactus wren,
which saguaro will you choose
for a nesting place?

 
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Blush

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Ocotillo blossoms during the spring 2017 “super bloom” at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Little cactus wren,
the ocotillo blossoms
blush to hear you sing.

 
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