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Waste Land   Leave a comment

Waste Land — Image by kenne

The Waste Land: Five Limericks

I

In April one seldom feels cheerful;
Dry stones, sun and dust make me fearful;
Clairvoyantes distress me,
Commuters depress me–
Met Stetson and gave him an earful.

II

She sat on a mighty fine chair,
Sparks flew as she tidied her hair;
She asks many questions,
I make few suggestions–
Bad as Albert and Lil–what a pair!

III

The Thames runs, bones rattle, rats creep;
Tiresias fancies a peep–
A typist is laid,
A record is played–
Wei la la. After this it gets deep.

IV

A Phoenician named Phlebas forgot
About birds and his business–the lot,
Which is no surprise,
Since he’d met his demise
And been left in the ocean to rot.

V

No water. Dry rocks and dry throats,
Then thunder, a shower of quotes
From the Sanskrit and Dante.
Da. Damyata. Shantih.
I hope you’ll make sense of the notes.

— Wendy Cope

(The author was inspired by T. S. Eliot’s, The Waste Land.)

 

Soccer Ball Washed Away   Leave a comment

After the Santa Cruz River Flood Waters Went Down (November 2012)– Image by kenne

A lost soccer ball

No longer on fields of play

A Wilson by name.

— kenne

Winter Near The Santa Cruz River   1 comment

De Anza trail January 20, 2014-9522-72Winter Near The Santa Cruz River North Of Nogales, Arizona — Image by kenne

It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world,

but free to desist from it either.”

— Rabbi Tarfon

Abandoned Bunkhouse Windowsill   1 comment

Bunkhouse-Edit-1-painting-blogAbandoned Bunkhouse Windowsill — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Windowsills hold many stories,
Some we may know, most go untold.

Hiking trails near the Rio Santa Curz, 
A broken barbwire fence guarded 

An old adobe structure in a grove
Of common mesquite trees

Whose shadows form a matrix
Across the wintering landscape 

Adding to a scene locked in the past
Waiting to be unlocked in a story.

Now I must turn and go back
Following the footsteps of the Pima.

— 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

Window of Yesterdays   2 comments

De Anza TrailWindow of Yesterdays — Computer Painting by kenne

Our Window Of Yesterdays

Like Cinderella’s
glass slipper

only one shoe
had the right fit.

In life’s early years
it took time
searching
for the right fit —
trying on
many different shoes
before the music
brought us together.

I
slipped into you

tying you
to my body –

knowing
only you
could get so close.

We
have walked

many miles
not always in step
but at the start of each day
you were there.

You
supported each step
through the good times
when we danced together
and the bad times
when the music stopped.

Over the years
I knew
where we were going
you knew
where we had been
as our
 souls
have now worn thin —
broken
held together by twin
only now expressing
the secret face
of our enter selves.

Having been seduced
by a lover’s
darkest kiss
no longer laced together —
merely to be left behind
in the window
of yesterdays
kissed only
by tomorrow’s sun.

kenne

Mission San José de Tumacácori Church   Leave a comment

NogalesImage by kenne

Even while I walk this ground
I imagine a time that was different
For brown people whose land was
Taken by people in long robes on horses
Who proselytized the native peoples
Building missions in the harsh desert.

Today, like most colonial missions
The ruins are preserved for tourists
Mostly old people, who walk the grounds
Near the Santa Cruz River
Learning about the Spanish conquest
What was, t
hat is now no longer. 

— kenne

Hiker   Leave a comment

Sunset Hiker-9501 Painting blog IIHiker — Computer Painting by kenne

Boots stir the trail dust
the morning you know,

shadows fashion the ground
soon to be abandoned.

She leads us into the, 
a hiking we will go.

Others follow her shadows
bright sunlight in their eyes,

the trail edges glow
a sun lit boardwalk.

In this land of the past
Spanish wagons kept coming

building a place of worship
near the Santa Cruz,

Tumacácori up river
from Nogales — I believe.

This is my new land
in the land of old

where hiking
is my past time.

Is this world real,
or a reflection of dreams

on the shadow side 
of nature’s spirit

not blind to the worth
of this wonderful gift.

— kenne

 

 

Old Western Bunk House   Leave a comment

Bunk House Interior (1 of 1) art layer blogOld Western Bunk House
Off the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail

near the Santa Cruz River.
— Computer Art by kenne

Easter Along The Borderlands   1 comment

Spring Flower (1 of 1)-2 framed blogEaster Along the Borderlands — Image by kenne

When you’re at the mission
Sixty miles north of Nogales
And it’s Easter time too

It’s so easy to put on airs
At the place where
Father Kino drink the

Spring water that once was
Near the banks of the
Santa Cruz River.

On the first Friday after Easter
The Tohono O’odham of the
San Xavier Reservation

Conduct a candlelight parade
Just as the setting sun kisses
The white dove of the desert

Where she awaits the coming
of the
“Excellent Builder”
to complete the second tower.

 — kenne

We Scar The Things We Love   2 comments

Madera Canyon Panorama April 11, 2014 blog framedA Panorama View Down Through Madera Canyon In The Santa Rita Mountains South of Tucson, Arizona.
(Note the light color of mining tailings surrounding ponded water.)
— Image by kenne

We Scar The Things We Love

 

Always there is something worth trekking

in the Sonoran Desert.

Sometimes the treks start early in the morning,

driving across the Tucson basin over

occasional low water crossings and cattle guards

on narrow roads, stopping for big yellow buses.

 

A canyon road leads out of Green Valley,

a quite peaceful community

along the banks of the Santa Cruz River

covered with oaks and walnut trees

and a rich history with the Tumacacori Mission

to the south and San Xavier del Bac to the north.

 

Crossing one-lane bridges through a grassland bajada, 

the road climbs toward Madera Canyon

nestled between Mt. Wrightson and Mt. Hopkins

on the eastern slop of the Santa Rita Mountains,

forming one of the Sonoran desert’s Sky Islands,

an oasis above this bowl-shaped canyon.

 

Although some are called “Friends of Madera Canyon”

all visitors, be they hikers, birders, walkers,

or just those relaxing at one of the beautiful vistas

share a love of nature and being outdoors,

forming a friendship that helps bond 

memoirs of a shared love.

 

“All the while jumbled memories flirt out on their own,”

intruding on nature’s beautiful vistas

where a river once ran through, now shadowed

by a high wall of tailings surrounding a pond,

altering nature’s beautiful vistas above the canyon,

producing lasting scars to the sky above, the earth below.

 
— kenne
 

Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands   Leave a comment

 

Sweetwater Wetlands Park — Images by kenne

Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands is an artificial wetlands near the usually dry Santa Cruz river. The area is a part of a waste-water reclamation project developed in 1996. The park provides an urban wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom — a wildlife photographer’s paradise.

kenne 

“Water, water, water….There is no shortage of water
in the desert but exactly the right amount ,
a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand,
insuring that wide free open,
generous spacing among plants and animals,
homes and towns and cities,
which makes the arid West so different
from any other part of the nation.
There is no lack of water here unless you try to
establish a city where no city should be.” 

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Mission San José de Tumacácori   6 comments

Ruins of the Franciscan church at Mission San José de Tumacácori — Images by kenne

Last Wednesday we went to Nogales, Sonora and Patagonia and Sonoita in southern Arizona. Along the way, we visited the Mission San José de Tumacácori. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino established the mission in January, 1692. Originally called San Cayetano de Tumacácori, the mission was established at an existing native O’odham or Sobaipuri settlement on the east side of the river. After the Pima rebellion of 1751, the mission was moved to the present site on the west side of the Santa Cruz river and renamed San José de Tumacácori. Preservation and stabilization efforts began in 1908 when the area was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt and continue today.

kenne

(Click on any of the photo thumbnails to see large view.)

 

A River Flawed   2 comments

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Trash in the Santa Cruz River North of Nogales, Arizona — Images by kenne

a river flawed
has gone underground

disappearing
from sight

leaving behind
life turning to death

maturing trees
casting shadows

falling branches
replacing their shadows

moving with
monsoon floods

gathering a
cultural wasteland

mixing with
yesterday’s dreams

filling, temporarily
a river flawed

kenne

Old Ranch Bunkhouse Along The De Anza Trail   14 comments

Bunkhouse Windows — Images by kenne

Hidden

Under a thick mesquite bosque,

A barbwire fence

Separates 

The historic Juan Bautista de Anza trail

From an old

Abandoned building,

Whose cracked adobe walls

And collapsing roof

Provide sunlight and shadow 

Through yawning windows

On individual items

Of cowboys past —

Enduring whispers

From a permanent

Desert breeze

Bearing celebratory voices

After a hard day’s ride.

kenne

 

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