Rising From Marsh Mud

“I rose from marsh mud
algae, equisetum, willows,
sweet green, noisy
birds and frogs.”
Lorine Niedecker

There are times when only a good marsh soothes and centers, showing true north clearly once again. Tavasci Marsh is not the blue/black boot sucking mud tidal marshes of the Delaware Bay; or the aloof… frigid… moving ice, scattered sedge, and reindeer, of the Spitzbergen.

Tavasci Marsh is a fresh water marsh, with no tidal interface or brackish/salty water, located in the high desert region of the Arizona Southwest. There is a delicious sense of time thinning, stretching, going fluid at Tavasci Marsh.

Toozigoot, a pueblo built by the Sinagua people around 1000 AD visible on a nearby hilltop, the sound of the Verde River, rustling reeds, and birdsong invites the mind, body, emotions, and spirit to join together again… to desire a vision of something good and new and engaging in the going forward. Indeed, there is a pleasure, peace, and promise, that comes of lingering with the not quite solid ground of a good marsh.

 Peace and Blessings to Each and Everyone.


  1. I can’t help but be impressed when I look at vast landmasses and the beautifully laid rock walls of the pueblos. They were a talented and dedicated people.

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  2. There is something magic about water in arid regions, how it becomes a gathering spot for both wild animals and humans. If I were ever to live in the desert, I’d want a spring or a river/creek in my back yard. And I would sit out beside it in the early morning and evening to see what/who comes to visit. Peggy and I camped at the park once. Thanks for the memories, JoHanna. –Curt

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    1. Dead Horse State Park is becoming a real attraction for birders. Yes, I do believe that the majority of species are drawn to water.
      What a marvelous time of this life you have had Curt, showing up so many places! A good weekend to you and Peggy.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. We haven’t really had any winter yet this year in my area. My bougainvilleas are growing lush new foliage when they are normally sleeping, and the hiking trails I choose in Winter due to their shade and coolness, are full of hot in the afternoons. Windows of the townhouse are open during the days, and a few neighbors have been putting on their air conditioning for a few hours each day. I can only imagine how confusing it must be for the critters.
      My concerns for the climate change are big, but I admit to be enjoying the low utility bills and feel of the sun warm on the skin. A peaceful weekend to you.

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