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by Butch Howard
Monday, December 18, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Symbol of the west...

Ancient sentinel of the desert world
arms outstretched towards the heavens
steadfast totem of arid existence.

Flechettes standing at the ready
armor, most lovely and unforgiving
winds caress yet escape your wrath.

Birds, bees and bats are your muses,
darkly visiting with pollen gifts
assuring generational perpetuation.

Standing in dry silence you wait, turgid,
gathering unseen droplets from below
for future vivid blooms to bear.

Heavy apostle of the badlands,
lifeless sand and rock adorn your foot.
Your presence defines your strength.

Perseverance is your very essence.
Time is of little consequence.
Live long, your desert secrets to keep.

Butch Howard
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Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 12/22/2010
Beautiful! I can SEE it!
Reviewed by Ian Irvine (Hobson) 9/1/2010
These cacti also amazed me during my time in Arizona earlier this year - miraculous sentinels of the desert regions! You've captured their essence well and have maintained a tight poetics avoiding end rhymes by maintaining a three line verse structure supplemented by keeping each line to between 8-10 syllables. Evocative writing!
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 9/16/2007

Wisdom, knowledge, art and science met to compose "Saguaro", and the picture of creation was revealed with the magical colors of a poetic rainbow.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by J M 3/23/2007
i love the art you chose for this one a beautiful message once more POET Butch!
"Perseverance is your very essence.
Time is of little consequence.
Live long, your desert secrets to keep. "

Thank you for a blessing to read,
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 1/18/2007
I enjoyed this piece immensely Butch,
the tone in the verse set and unmistakable mood.
I shall venture on into the caverns of this thought…
so well done.

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 12/30/2006
From the colors of the desert to the quiet passion of her heart you capture the radiance of her soft it a tango?
The music, is it Gabor Zabba?
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 12/19/2006
Butch, this piece is so excellent!! I could picture this mighty cactus through your personification... well done, my friend! Myrna
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 12/18/2006
There are just so many things to like about this one, Butch...I believe each verse could easily stand alone. You manage to bring romance to the desert with keen imagery. I'm just hanging on

"steadfast totem of arid existence", but if I had to pick just one verse, it would be the last

"Perseverance is your very essence.

Time is of little consequence.

Live long, your desert secrets to keep.

You've captured that "very essence" with the magnificence the Saguaro commands. I can feel the prickly spines...and await the blossom.

Love and Christmas Hugs,


Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/18/2006
Butch ...

This was quite an enjoyable read. Love your line: "Heavy apostle of the badlands" ... very unique and well written. Tasty imagery!

Light and Wisdom ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 12/18/2006
wonderful write...I loved the line...arms outstretched toward heaven, simply a unique and wonderful ode. Loved it as well as the picture.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/18/2006
A wonderful ode to the truly fascinating Saguaro, Butch, and a marvelous picture.

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