A Still Life in the Desert

Desert Still Life

Desert Still Life © 2013 Bo Mackison

We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us. ~ Thomas Merton

I am…

a scattering of rocks
mesquite branches, brittle and gray
fading desert blossoms.

I am…

a tattered curtain
a piecemeal quilt
a lock and rusty key.

I am…

a cloud of red dust
tumbleweed dancing
a barbed wire fence.

I am…

an album of faded photographs
a deck of Tarot cards
a poetry book.

I am…

a lost thought
questions, unanswered
a silent meditation.

I am…

pulp and a rolling pin
an inked letter press
warp and weft.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is exploring photography and discovery in a series called Desert Lines – a combination of visual lines and written lines.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Pretty fascinating.

  2. Yes. You are indeed back in your Zen-like mode, much to our delight. Love the image, which goes so well with your words.

  3. I thought I recognized that quote. It is one I need to be reminded of time and again. Lovely image.

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