August 31, 2015: CACTUS

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Its near silhouette braces against the fading sky.

Sun sets nearly below the horizon’s ledge.

Its waning casts cactus a glowing frame.

Dimming shadows display a sleepy dance.

Desert foliage beg an evasive rain.


Night falls with nare a hint of rain.

Yet dew’s glisten bedecks cactus’ pleading needles.

Moon, now risen above the horizon,

Sends forth its hypnotizing beams.

Moonbeams shed their bluish tint on evergreen cactus.


Nocturnal creatures commence their nightly dance.

Coyote summons a distant cloud of rain.

Its bay greeting crescent moon

Now resting atop landscape’s flat horizon.

Coyote’s call conjuring nature’s soft breeze

Now caressing cactus’ adorning bloom.


A figure forms where once stood cactus,

Commencing an ancient ritual dance.

Duo decades of minutes pass.

Dance coaxes cloud of rain ever closer.

Drops bead sparsely on cactus’ awaiting leaves.

Clouds cover moon and hide the horizon’s edge.


Hours pass.

A hint of light peaks ‘tween escaping clouds.

A loan cactus stands.

Real or mirage, this rain summoning dance?

Or merely a trick of Mother Nature’s design?

Real or no, the ground lay damp.

Sun dispels clouds, once darkened with rain.


Twas magic that visited in the wee hours of night?

Twas vision that morphed cactus to human form?

Twas cactus that summoned West to relinquish its drops of life?

Alas, tis of no import.

Cactus’ needles do gleely sparkle

With jewels from Nighttime’s shower.


Virginia Anson grew up in the shadows of Sandia Crest in New Mexico. Family camping trips may have sparked her passion for nature. She holds an A.S. in Electronics Technology, a B.A. in Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a certificate in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation. Her book, Mother Earth’s Caretakers, targets middle school youngsters and is published as an e-book for Kindle. Virginia is a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and her volunteer endeavors see her as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and sacristan in her parish and as a habitat steward for the National Wildlife Federation. She especially cherishes her life in the Secular Franciscan Order, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.


Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • email
  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Twitthis
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Sphinn
  • Mixx