Archive for the ‘Little Torch’ Tag

A Draught Doesn’t Stop Ocotillos From Blooming   1 comment

Ocotillos produce clusters of bright red flowers at their stem tips, which explain the plant’s name. 
Ocotillo means “little torch” in Spanish — Images by kenne

Waiting It Out

Desert display
as Saguaro’s spiny arms
raise to the darkening blue sky.
Days of heat waves
chase Ocotillo flower buds
drooping slowly in the mauve air
very still … and then,
with the distant rumble of thunder
and a flash of lightening,
comes a first drop.
Coming fast, the rain begins
a flood within the gulch
and there, from nowhere,
from the nothing dust,
from the ether
reconstituted
as out of a mirage
appears by the side of the road …
a toad.

— Sue Mason

Looking For Hope In A Hopeless World   3 comments

Casa Grande RuinsOcollio Blossom (Spanish for Little Torch) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) is one of the easiest plants to identify in the desert.
They are a large shrub with long cane-like unbranched spiny stems that
grow
from a short trunk. Small 2 inch leaves will grow from the stems
when there is enough
moisture. Dense clusters of red tubular flowers
grow from the end of the stems from
March through June.

— Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

On this Easter Sunday in the age of HOVID-19,
we need to hold the torch high as
we look for hope in a hopeless world.

*****

Hope In A Hopeless World — Pop Stables

Baby born in New York City
Wrapped in a blanket all tattered and worn
Mama’s doin’ the best she can
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Her eldest son, he stayed in school
Listened to his mother, he never drank or used
But every job he wants he gets refused
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Looking for hope in a hopeless world
Trying to find love in these hateful times
Try to stay strong but my mind is weak
Looking for hope in a hopeless world

Churches are full, but the prayers are not heard
Saturday’s child don’t wanna to go to Sunday school
Whatever happened to the golden rule
It takes hope in a hopeless world

D’you got a quarter for the homeless man
Spare some change for the soldiers who fought the war
Put a little money in those hats and those tins
Give them hope in a hopeless world

Looking for hope in a hopeless world
Searchin’ for love in these hateful times
Try to stay strong but my mind is weak
Ease my mind, ease my mind

And on the corner there stands a young girl
The home she left was in the better part of town
Daddy did things she never talked about
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Somebody out there gotta listen
Somebody out there got to know what Pops been talkin’ about
Raise your hand, raise your hands if you’re with me
Give us hope in a hopeless world

You’ve got to listen to the voice inside
Peace and love don’t compromise – realize
Time is passing by
Can’t be standing still!

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