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.

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Keyhole © 2010 Bo Mackison

It’s a lot easier to be lost than found.  It’s the reason we’re always searching, and rarely discovered — so many locks, not enough keys. ~ from Lock and Key by Sarah Dressen