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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!

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blooms

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Cholla cactus blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
    


Only in the desert sands
Do cacti thrive and bloom,
Not on crowded city streets
Where there’s no breathing room.
 
If you find a place of sand,
Where human prints are few,
There the lowly cactus waits
To show its blooms to you.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Grace

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Teddy bear (or jumping) cholla cactus near Ajo, Arizona
 


The desert is better than books,
No matter how barren it looks;
There’s grace to be found
In dry, dusty ground,
In spite of the absence of brooks.

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cloudless

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Under cloudless skies,
chollas seem even brighter
than the noonday sun.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Point

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


getting the point from a master

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Thorns

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Fallen ocotillo blossoms lodged in cholla cactus spines, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


some thorns, a blossom—
surely one small bird will come
with a morning song

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Perhaps

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Broken skeleton of a cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Perhaps the next rain
will restore all broken things
one drop at a time.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Spines

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Even woodpeckers
know better than to seek bugs
among cholla spines.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Parched

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Cholla cactus, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


parched and barren land
longing for misty showers
to settle the dust

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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