Category Archives: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Watching

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Cholla cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


For cactus blossoms
I keep watching and waiting—
a crow watches me.

 
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Sips

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Arizona heat—
tall saguaros quench their thirst
with sips of water

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cloudless

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


On a cloudless day
not even crows fill the void
with their raucous songs.

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Complicated

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Ocotillo blossoms, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Shadow, bloom, and thorn—
how complicated the soul
of the wilderness!

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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