I first posted this in the early days of this blog, back in 2011.

My poem is about the giant saguaro (pronounced sah-wah-ro), the largest cactus in the United States, which is found in the Saguaro National Park, Tuscon, Arizona. The saguaro can reach a height of 12 metres and an age of up to 200 years. Seen en masse it is like seeing a huge crowd of human beings.


In Israel

they are known as Sabra

prickly on the outside

soft and yielding within.

Here in the Arizona desert

they are Saguaro.

The natives say

they are the spirits of our ancestors

risen from the dead.

They stand like sentinels

arms reaching outwards and upwards

sometimes clasping one another

as a parent does a child.

All the people

who have ever been

are here.

Not ashes to ashes

Not dust to dust

but enriching the earth

as we enrich

the lives of others.

This is our life after death.

© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems

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