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Macro Monday 2: Desert Blossom

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A prickly poppy adds a bit of color to the landscape, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 
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MACRO MONDAY 2
 
 
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Finery

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


in spring finery
a poppy by the wayside
reaches to the sky

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stories

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, April 2015
 


gathering wisdom
in the shadow of the thorn—
stories no one tells

 
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Comfortless

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


poppy-petal tales
of a dark and thorny way
where no comforts lie

 
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Snooze

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) in September, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 

To know a place you have to walk it again and again. Slowly. Eyes open. Expectantly. I walk the wilderness daily. Even on the same paths and in the same places there is always something new. I know where to find the ironwood tree and the indigo bush. I know where a young saguaro shelters in the shadows of its nurse tree, a palo verde. And I know where the prickly poppies grow, blooming in snowy profusion in April and May. As the desert days become hotter and hotter, the flowers go to seed. September is not a prickly poppy month. Yet something draws me to the place where I saw them in the spring. A single white blossom clings to one spiny, bedraggled stalk. I fall to my knees before this wonder, weeping for joy at my good fortune.


on poppy petals
darkness arranges itself
for a midday snooze

 
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Thorny

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) seed pods at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


It is difficult
on the dark and thorny way—
stories no one tells.

 
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Gratitude

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


ways of spear and thorn—
pilgrims quake with gratitude
for the daily tests

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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