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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

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sombrero

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Public mural by Southern California artist Bumblebee Loves You in Historic Downtown Yuma, Arizona
 


cool snooze in the sombrero’s shade

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Snooze

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Neglected fence at sundown, Temecula, California
 


The old cat Evening
curls under a barbed-wire fence
for a little snooze.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Old Cat

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Neglected fence at sundown, Temecula, California
 


Evenings an old cat
settles under the barbed wire
for a little snooze.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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