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Earth, Sky and Tumacácori   Leave a comment

Nogales“Earth, Sky and Tumacácori” — Photo Artistry by kenne

A priestly man
once traveled
the desert southwest

mounted a horse
armed only with love
a force without
a presidio of soldiers

connecting with people
of many tribes

building adobe missions
each opened to the morning sun
located within walking distance
understanding the desert paradox.

— kenne

San José de Tumacácori Mission   Leave a comment

NogalesSan José de Tumacácori Mission Church Ruins — Image by kenne

Father Kino wanted a good place to settle:
A place near water, like the Santa Cruz River.

Listen close — the sound of water and animals
in a region then known as the Pimería Alta.

The Fathers followed the trading routes of the
Tohono O’odham, where they worked together,

often roaming hundreds of miles
sleeping by the rivers, purifying their ears.

— kenne

The Sonoran Desert’s White Dove   2 comments

Green Mountain, Saguaro, Mission

Green Mountain, Saguaro, Mission

Green Mountain, Saguaro, Mission

Green Mountain, Saguaro, MissionMission San Xavier del Bac — Images kenne

The White Dove Of The Desert

Imagine this:

Stranger
On horseback

Dark flowing rode
Moving in the breeze

Crossing
The desert southwest

Entering
The village of the

Desert people –
Tohono O’odham

Friendly people

Bonding
With the stranger –

Father Kino
Jesuit priest

Establishing
Third mission —

(Twenty-four total)

Upon which
The current church

Was built
Century later

Reflecting
Baroque architecture

Blossoming
In the desert blue sky

The White Dove
Of the Desert.

kenne

Earth, Sky And Padre Kino   2 comments

Nogales“Earth, Sky and Tumacácori” — Image by kenne

A priestly man
once traveled
the desert southwest

mounted a horse
armed only with love
a force without
a presidio of soldiers

connecting with people
of many tribes

building adobe missions
each opened to the morning sun
located within walking distance
understanding the desert paradox.

kenne

Second Annual Festival Kino Celebration
at Tumacácori National Historical Park

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