Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Majestic Saguaro

The majestic saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert which makes up part of my home state of Arizona, U.S.A. This towering giant can reach heights of over 70 feet and some specimens have been known to live more than 150 years. At about mid-life, they will develop their first arm which helps their balance and also increases the plant’s reproductive capacity with more flowers and fruit.

Saguaros are truly unique in the world of desert plants and they also add a uniqueness to the Sonoran Desert.

The photo was found on the internet. It is an excellent photo and far better than I can take with my limited camera ability. Many thanks to the anonymous photographer. 

In my world of writing, I’m constantly looking for subjects to write poems about. The saguaro is a class act so . . . . . . Voila! . . . . . My poem!

Enjoy . . . . . .


A majestic saguaro stands tall and proud
Arms reaching upward as if to touch a cloud

To a hungry hawk, it’s a high and lofty perch
From which, for his next meal, he can search
Woodpeckers carve their home in its prickly side
Later, in these cozy caves, dwarf owls can hide

Undaunted by the desert’s blazing summer sun
Or the winter’s icy chill; this icon won’t succumb
Survival’s a challenge in the arid hostel terrain
Its spongy interior soaks up the occasional rain

Beautiful flowers grace its top and each arm
For the bats and bees, it is nectar food with charm
The beautiful flowers, an honor they did rate
We Arizonans proudly calls them . . . . . .

 . . . . the “Official Wildflower” of our state


Getting very close to Christmas and the end of 2015! This little jingle says it very well . . . . . .

Thinking of you at Christmas time, 
 Sending this cordial Christmas rhyme, 
With my very best wishes and heartfelt good cheer; 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 I want to thank you, the many followers in countries around the world, for your support. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my poems.