a flash of crimson on the cliff face

Sonoran Desert Sunset, September 2014

a flash of crimson on the cliff-face

a warning,
take care
danger abounds among the saguaro
beneath the pulse of a brooding sun

there is little room for mistakes
in a place like this

yet life abounds here
at the roughly hewn edges of survival
instincts bred of brutality then
filed to precision
by necessity

life abounds here in the
tall, stoic namesake
of this vast desert forest and
encased within
the desiccated fibers of the
sun-baked ocotillo

life flows, too,
through the churlish disposition
of the tetchy javelina
the vaquero baquiro
whose ardor for life and tenacity
can leave an effusive impression
on the unprepared rover

life abounds here in the
stealthy midnight tours
of the prowling spotted owl
whose furtiveness of flight
and inclination towards the night
make him, for some skeptics,
an unlikely resident in this arid land
of scant provender

the vibrant abundance
and thriving vitality of life
between and the harshly drawn
sun-drenched lines
of the desert apparent
in fact become most prolific
in the night

free from the scathing circumspect glare
of that blinding burning orb,
Tawa’s fiery well-spring,
the nocturnal creatures of the desert flourish
and the pulsing vein
of this faux-barren, oft-accused “wasteland”

opens up,
the urgency of life
into the night

from the trickster chortling
and tactical scavenging
the opportunistic chaos
of that most ubiquitous of desert mascots
the artfully duplicitous coyote

to the clandestine and manic
often maniacal
invisible feasts of flight
and deranged dermatological derailments
of an untold, immeasurable horde

those ghastly miniscule menaces of the night

the blanket of cover provided
by the cloak of moonlit twilight shade
beckons all size and manner
of wisping wily wanderers
to the opaque expanse
of the dusty desert floor


baquiro, brooding sun, coyote, javelina, no-see-ums, ocotillo, provender, saguaro, Saguaro NPspotted owl, Tawa, trickster, vaquero

© Ryan Scott Sanders and Dharma and Belligerence: Mad Rants from a Free-Range Buddhist Hooligan, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ryan Scott Sanders and Dharma and Belligerence: Mad Rants from a Free-Range Buddhist Hooligan with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s