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Macro Monday 2: A Cactus with Heart

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A heart-shaped cactus paddle greets visitors in a garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
 
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Ruby Tuesday Too: Cactus Blossoms

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Cactus blossoms near Mayer, Arizona.
 
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Blue Monday: Barrel Cactus

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Barrel cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 


High above the cactuses in the clear blue sky
Winter rainclouds sometimes come, sometimes multiply.
Not today, however, there’s not a cloud in sight;
Perfect for the cactuses: hot and dry and bright!
 
Photo and poem © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: New Growth

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Some tiny shadows are visible on a new cactus paddle in a Phoenix, Arizona backyard.
 
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Haiku My Heart, Hosting for Rebecca: Healing

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A wounded cactus begins to heal in a Phoenix, Arizona backyard.
 


To all wounded things
blackbird sings a healing song—
new growth soon appears.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Macro Monday 2: New Growth

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New growth on an old cactus in Phoenix, Arizona.
 



 
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MACRO MONDAY 2
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Cow’s Tongue

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Lengua de Vaca (Cow’s Tongue) cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
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Blue Monday: Cactus Woman

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Detail from a wall of mosaics, Ajo, Arizona
  


Cactus Woman has nothing to lose
By walking for weeks without wearing shoes.
 
She’s toughened her feet on thorns and stones,
And carries the wilderness in her bones.
 
Her eyes are afire, her heart’s ablaze;
She loves the desert’s unsociable ways.
 
Cactus Woman is someone, they say,
Who’ll live in the wilderness, come what may.

  
Poem © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

Passing

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Barrel cactus blossoms, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


As December ends,
even the cactus blossoms
lament its passing.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Sniffing

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Saguaro cactus at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


sniffing the silence
around an old saguaro
searching for a song

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Silence”