Saguaro Life Cycle

By Mary Lou Griggs © 2017

Little Spike

Just a sprout off his mum. Needles sharp.
Takes awhile, years, we’re told, to branch out.
Slow… To… Grow… Oh! To be big as mum.

Present Arms

Teenager saguaro, still unarmed.
Standing tall. Wants to wave, yet cannot.
Just waiting for the time to bear arms.


Years of sun? Two-forty. Day is done.
These old bones sound eerie in the wind.
Time to rest. Return to Mother Earth.