Thursday, March 22, 2018

contemplating the cacti

no, the desert
has never
been my 

i will always choose
broadleaf trees
and rich black soil

here am i
in the dry southwest

watching these cacti
raise their century old arms

into what may be
the bluest sky
i have ever seen

i see you cacti,
i whisper

and suddenly,
so suddenly 

you are

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
If you ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it.
Your life will be impoverished.
But if you invest in beauty, 
it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

I have said recently in conversation that the desert is “growing on me”. . . which indicates a slow process of coming to appreciate it. I believe that is still true. However, sometimes, awareness of something springs suddenly as it did for me on this trip with the cacti. I think it had to do with taking time to draw closer to them and doing a tour where i learned more about their fascinating lives.

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