Category Archives: Shadow Shot Sunday 2

When

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Shadows surround a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


When will the shadows go away?

 
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Where

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Shadows under an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Where are the doves this afternoon?

 
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What

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An old ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


What caused this branch to break?

 
 
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Writing

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A man sits at a picnic table, perhaps writing poetry, in the courthouse square, Prescott, Arizona
 


The writing man—who is he?

 
 
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Public Defender

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Geese at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 
 

This was on
the Daily Show:

 
Did you hear the one
about the public defender
who got confused
and represented
the wrong thief?
The charges were dropped,
but the thief ended up
as a lonely insomniac.
Which just goes to show,
I suppose,
that even a college-educated person
(I’m thinking of the public defender)
had better remember his (or
her) p’s and q’s
before he (or she) cleanses
(or attempts to cleanse)
the soul of another.

 

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How

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Daybreak at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


How will all these shadows end?

 
 
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Destruction

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The remains of an old farm wagon, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


All things are prone to destruction.

 
 
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I have come to gaze

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The remains of an old house near the shores of Willow Lake, Prescott, Arizona
 
 

I have come to gaze
on the clover and milkweed.
They are thick this month;
great drifts of leaves and stems
flare up
around the foundation
of the old farmhouse,
where something tiny
glitters on a stone.
The midday sun
is hot enough
to parch or melt
the thing that glitters,
and if it perishes,
who will keen for it?

 

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Endings

News in cactus land

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Saguaro cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


What’s the news in cactus land?
What’s the TV say?
Is there any hope that rain
Will settle dust today?
 
Maybe someone has a tip
I can take to heart.
Wait! There’s always NPR—
I’ve heard folks there are smart!

 
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