Midnight in the Cactus Garden

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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I visited a psychedelic cactus garden on a midnight walk to my great surprise and delight to be swept away into this otherworldly oasis. The vibrant colors create a sense of being immersed in color and a magical wonderland. Unlike Alice, I did not have to fall through a hole. My imagination was my ticket to this enchanted garden. I often associate to songs when I look at my work. I hear lyrics playing in my head. Here are the lyrics I am listening to, the song Midnight at the Oasis sung by Maria Muldaur, a 60’s icon. I was surprised to learn that the lyrics contain a reference to a cactus garden.

Midnight at the oasis
Send your camel to bed
Shadows paintin’ our faces
Traces of romance in our heads
Heaven’s holdin’ a half-moon
Shinin’ just for us
Let’s slip off to a sand dune, real soon
And kick up a little dust
Come on, Cactus is our friend
He’ll point out the way
Come on, till the evenin’ ends
Till the evenin’ ends
You don’t have to answer
There’s no need to speak
I’ll be your belly dancer, prancer
And you can be my sheik

I know your Daddy’s a sultan
A nomad known to all
With fifty girls to attend him, they all send him
Jump at his beck and call
But you won’t need no harem, honey
When I’m by your side
And you won’t need no camel, no no
When I take you for a ride
Come on, Cactus is our friend
He’ll point out the way
Come on, till the evenin’ ends
Till the evenin’ ends
Midnight at the oasis
Send your camel to bed
Got shadows paintin’ our faces
And traces of romance in our heads

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