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Sedona – A Poem

on November 1, 2022

(Photo by Justin W on Unsplash)

This poem – written for a friend – is about the quirkiness of Sedona, Arizona and people who live there (and my dear friend is one of the quirkiest people I know). Sedona is a unique blend of breath-taking landscapes, New Age energy, and esoteric experimentation. Although I never lived there, I went through real estate school in Sedona at the height of the housing bubble, passed the state real estate exam, and witnessed all the reasons for the housing market collapse. I spent a lot of time soaking up the atmosphere, getting to know both locals and tourists, and hiking among the Red Rocks. If you’re looking to join a cult or expand your mind, Sedona is the place to go. But, beware! Every community has its dark side, regardless of outward appearances, and Sedona is no exception.


Tourists think the locals are all wealthy snobs

Who perform yoga contortions on the tops of ruddy mountains

And meditate in the epicenters of vortexes on the Red Rocks of Sedona.

But we know better, you and I, for we’ve known the locals,

And we’ve known the tourists, and it’s hard to say who’s more eccentric.

If they heard the colorful tales about your youthful days

When you protested at Alcatraz with the American Indian Movement

And met its leader, Dennis Banks, who jumped bail

And later went to jail and then prison,

Would they think you were real? Or just another Sedona fantasist,

Gazing into your crystal ball and scrying into a mirror?

You liked to test the boundaries of reality and the rules of society

And thumb your nose at The Establishment, whomever that happened to be.

When burglars looking for money and valuables targeted your neighborhood,

You laughed out loud — shocking the neighbors — when your son,

Dressed up in full Nazi gear, with his Glock fully exposed,

Ran around the neighborhood, after playing his part in World War II re-enactment games.

But, hey, your house was never robbed! And, that’s the joke.

And, remember that lady we used to know – the one who belonged to the UFO cult –

The psychiatrist made a special visit to her house one day, and we never saw her again.

But her son was happy: he got the house and all of her money.

Of course, you knew more than her about the greys and the lizard people,

Having met them in your childhood on your family’s farm in Pennsylvania.

You still remember Bigfoot’s stench when you fed him in the woods.

And you never quite understood why George Romero chose the neighbor’s farmhouse

Instead of yours to make his zombie masterpiece. Even befriending Jason Voorhees’ mom

(Of Friday the 13th fame) cannot keep you down on the Red Rocks of Sedona,

For your Buddhist heart is too large, your courage too brave, and your mind too active

To bring you back to earth.


Dawn Pisturino

August 16, 2022; November 1, 2022

(Revised October 30, 2022)

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


34 responses to “Sedona – A Poem

  1. aparna12 says:

    This is a truly amazing poem, dear. Loved it. ♥️♥️♥️

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  2. WOW, the Red Rocks of Sedona hold many secrets and jokes. 😜 Somehow we find bits and pieces of these personalities in our neck of the woods too, but not in the breathtaking valley of Sedona, Arizona. Loved this poem Dawn! I’m sure your friend appreciates the memories! 🤗💖😍

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  3. revruss1220 says:

    I love visiting Sedona and have always wondered what it would be like to live there. Thanks for giving us this little peek inside. Thanks also for building my vocabulary. I had not ever heard the word “scry” prior to reading this poem.

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  4. kvbclarke says:

    Ah, Dawn. I loved it. It gave me a few chuckles, having lived in Sedona for 18 years. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Timothy Price says:

    Perfect poem for Sedona. I am familiar with the area’s beauty and quirks.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. utahan15 says:

    cool enough word or post

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Some great truths and laughs here Dawn. You captured the spirit and heart of truths.. LOVE Sedona!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. This is epic! I love it, Dawn. You’ve painted such a colourful picture! And it’s written so well, I can see it in my mind’s eye!
    Certainly sounds like an interesting place! 🙂

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  9. Michele Lee says:

    Well done, Dawn! You have captured the essence and misconceptions of Sedona quite nicely! 🏜️

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Iowa Life says:

    I’m starting to think Arizona is the “Maine” of the southwest. Lots of… eccentric people.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Jeff Flesch says:

    Amazingly penned, Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Belladonna says:

    Dawn your poem is beautiful and this view is breathtaking!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. balladeer says:

    Great! This really made me smile!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Jaya Avendel says:

    I have been living in Tucson since August so I have started to feel the different vibes and attitudes toward different people. Love this poetic take on Sedona!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Inspiring writing in a rhythmic flow. Its long time ago that i had drove through Arizona-Utah loop – trying to recall if I had visited Sedona. The canyon wan in the picture looks familiar. I had desired to visit Havasu Waterfalls but couldn’t make it.

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  16. beforethefullstops. says:

    Woww soo beautiful ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

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