The Lone Saguaro

Poetic Piece by Bill Vancil

The lone saguaro braves the desert chill, unafraid of the approaching darkness. Thus it has been for countless years, for this majestic patriarch of the Sonoran desert. As the sun slips reluctantly below the horizon, shadows grow longer, the air becomes colder. The saguaro longs for rain; many of its needles slant downward to direct moisture to its roots. More often than not, the rain does not come, only the creatures of the desert night.

A fury tarantula cautiously exits its hole in the sand, hoping to find a mate to share the evening. Beneath a prickly pear, a king snake tests the climate. Stay tightly curled or slither out? He contemplates. Nearby, a pack of coyotes chatter joyfully, choosing the evening song list for their canine karaoke. One melodically howls at the moon, inviting others to join the festivities.

DESERT back yard

From a distance, a great horned owl, poses the question, “Who?” No one answers. He repeats. Hours pass and the sun’s soft glow, a preview of the new day, glistens above the nearby mountains. High clouds silently tease the saguaro into hopes of rain, but alas, all they bring is another orange and red sunrise.

The saguaro watches the critters retreat, their morning shadows stretching in the morning chill; the great horned owl silently glides off to parts unknown.The dawn of another day in the Sonoran desert. Thus it has been for the lone saguaro – for as many years as there are grains of sand.


3 Comments on “The Lone Saguaro

  1. First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.

    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to
    writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.
    I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?

    • There is no simple way to get rid of “writer’s block.” When I get stuck, I walk away and do something else, even go to bed. When an idea surfaces, I sit down and WRITE. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or write dumb things. That’s why we have proof-reading, re-writing. Just start writing! Typically, I will make 25+ re-writes, corrections, and revisions before I post a story.

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