I barely recognize you most days;
not even your scent remains the same.
I see less and less of your
openness and ruggedness.
I sense less and less of your
earthiness and rowdiness.
Your wild nature now tame.
Wild One, you once stirred
a fire within, fueled by a restless wind
that whipped from Superstition Mountain.
While I slept, covered in a misty haze
of prickly pear, creosote, and desert sage,
you scurried in crevices with stinging venom,
hissed with a forked tongue and movable fangs,
and prowled with predatory howling brethren.
Wild One, you were once free-spirited –
tumbling and spinning in every direction,
whirling dust devils, blending seeds and dirt.
A fiery soul tempting me to explore and roam
through thorny fields, with dandelions overgrown,
covering knee-high socks in prickly thorns.
Belly to ground, dirt in mouth, barbed wire torn,
a discovery of what grew beyond, a scar formed.
Wild One, your rustic grittiness
sometimes softened by the bliss
of delicate sweet blossoms.
Not always present, a natural fragrance
flooding the air during flowering season,
floating across the exploding orange sky,
oozing from the center of gentle white,
wrapping me in a perfumed delight.
Wild One, you now exist in fragments,
haunting streets lined with sidewalks split,
sagging homes, and suffocating cement.
Where is your wildness that once
freely danced in and around me,
that you once effortlessly shared?
Eyes closed in a desert dream,
the Wild One is there.
I am pleased to share photographs, taken by photographer, Jerry Bombardier, featuring some of the natural beauty found in Arizona, including one of the seven natural wonders. If you have never been to Arizona, consider scheduling a trip, when it is safe to do so. During the summer, I would not recommend, unless you are visiting higher elevations, like the Grand Canyon. 🏜 My poem pays tribute to the wild west landscape I explored as a kid, much of which is now covered in stucco and cement. Fortunately, a drive away from the city corridor still offers many natural places to roam and explore.
Thank you for visiting, reading, listening, and viewing. 🌞 Be well.💗 Michele
Check out more of Jerry Bombardier’s photos on his Instagram page: www.instagram.com/jbombardier_photo/
Photo 1: Salt River Wild Horses, photo taken at Coon Bluff Campground at Salt River Photo 2: A section of Superstition Mountain, taken at Lost Dutchman State Park Photo 3: blooming saguaro cactus Photo 4: Grand Canyon ~ All photos, except the one of me walking, were taken by Arizona Photographer, Jerry Bombardier
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