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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A wounded cactus begins to heal in a Phoenix, Arizona backyard.
New growth on an old cactus in Phoenix, Arizona.
Lengua de Vaca (Cow’s Tongue) cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
Photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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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
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