Monday, April 15, 2013

Mighty Saguaro

I'm a sucker for a poetry challenge, especially one inspired by a photograph.  

That's one of the things I enjoy most about writing greeting card copy.  An editor sends a batch of artwork to a group of writers and says, "Here, see what can you do with these."  Twelve birthday greetings and a few weeks later, you find out if any of your copy was selected.  Or, sometimes all you hear back from the editor is silence, which is not nearly as much fun.

Today's little ditty was inspired by a poetry contest being run by Gayle Krause at The Storyteller's Scroll.   If you want to join in the fun, hurry, the contest only runs until April 20th.  Good luck!

 Mighty Saguaro

Mighty saguaro!
Defender of calm—
woodpecker’s beat and coyote’s song.

Giant saguaro!
Sixty feet tall—
proud desert hero, protector of all.

Fearless saguaro!
Silent, yet strong—
arms poised for action should something go wrong.

Noble saguaro!
Imposing you stand—
benevolent king throughout the land.

© 2013 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes.  All rights reserved.


  1. wow. very evocative! i think you're cool.

  2. Congratulations Michelle. You won. You'll be getting an email from me and the Amazon gift card.

    Happy rhyming! :)