Poetry Friday: Montezuma’s Castle

I recently spent a week vacationing in Phoenix, Arizona. The blue skies, warm breezes, and time with friends was everything I could have asked for in a vacation. One of the days we spent at Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. This treasure boasts one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. It was a wonder to gaze at the ruins and imagine the lives of the Sinagua who inhabited the area for 300 years.

Montezuma’s Castle

Gaze on ancient ruins 

amid white Arizona sycamores.

Cliff dwellings

of a resourceful people

beneath an azure sky.

A story of desert survival

inspiring imagination.

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20 Responses to Poetry Friday: Montezuma’s Castle

  1. Thank you for your poem! I fell in love with those AZ white sycamores when my husband and I were there earlier this year. Beautiful!

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  2. So full of beautiful imagery! Well done, Rose.

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  4. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, your poem spoke to me and reminded me of my early years of standing on top of an ancient ruin. I have never been to Arizona so your poem brought me there.

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  5. janicescully says:

    Love your poem! I’ve been there years ago and found the site inspiring and beautiful. Thanks for reminding me.

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  6. rosecappelli says:

    Glad we decided to visit.


  7. kareneastlund4898 says:

    I have been to AZ just once and would love to go back. Thanks for this lovely reminder.

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  8. lindabaie says:

    When one is near one of those dwellings, we do imagine the lives so long ago. You’ve brought that experience out beautifully, Rose.

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  9. Rose, I love the spareness of your poem, and the contrast of the specific imagery with the abstract concepts of survival and imagination. I had to go look up the trees. Wow.

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  10. maryleehahn says:

    Oh, I could see the sycamores and practically smell the dry, sandstone and sage air!

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  11. Carol Wilcox says:

    I have a granddaughter in Phoenix and have spent time there visiting her every year. I have never heard of Montezuma’s Castle.Your poem makes me want to go looking for it.

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  12. laurashovan222 says:

    Oooh — I’m off to look for a photograph of a white Arizona sycamore. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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  13. mbhmaine says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. I have grand intentions of visiting the West someday. I’m intrigued by Montezuma’s Castle, which I’ve never heard of, and I’m also curious about those white sycamores. Such a sense of place you’ve captured in your poem!

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