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Poem: Cactus Flowers

Updated on April 4, 2011

 This is another of the poems I wrote in college, describing what was happening in my life with God. A desert landscape is usually associated with difficult times spiritually, but at this time I felt connected to the desert as a place of life, vividness, new things springing forth. The image of flowers blooming in the desert particularly caught me: hence this poem.

Cactus Flower
Cactus Flower | Source
New life grows
New life grows | Source

Cactus Flowers

Gradual as evening, you

have me

securely as desert night

contains all its small creatures.

I sense the future’s shape

in your increasing simplicity:

like the desert

vivid and direct.

Few things are necessary.

captured by what I call love,

which is not much different

from what is called fear,

I follow because I can

do nothing else,

like birds

that hunt water

place to place.

I am no longer my own.

I obey

the new law, incessant

as nightfall

and dawn:

with morning

the sky is colored

like a cactus flower, the land’s

sparse and perfect




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      graceomalley 4 years ago

      And thank you for visiting, liesl.

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      graceomalley,Thank you for sharing your lovely poem and beautiful cactus pictures.

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      graceomalley 6 years ago

      jeanine - These images make lovely poems. And Hubpages would be a great way to share them :)

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      Jeanine 6 years ago

      a single flower... a desert river bank... purple, red and green... uniquely radiant... your ways now my ways... a land of beauty nourishing everything... dark clouds gathering, the horizon opening just before dawn... releasing light fragrant rains, waters eternal, healing melodies, winds whispering your perfect song...

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      Robert E Smith 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Very nice poem. I enjoyed it and the pictures. God sure is a great creator.