Empirical and imperfect, you are the keepers of the west.
You bear fruit for mourning doves.
You guard cottontails and creosote.
You stand sturdy and erect.
You love, fear and forgive.
Your spiny symmetry shades our world.
You cast lengthy shadows.
You fall mightily.
You are the fathers of the desert.
You remember everything.
You forget nothing.
You are the proof of yesterday, the path of today, the hope for tomorrow.