Ephedra nevadensis

Brigham's Tea

Gary Paul Nabhan



So what if I’m as visually attractive as dead sticks.


There are those who would die just to take me in,

To have me in their back yard, a tonic for the soul.


All I can say to you is “Drink me. Take me into your

Life and let me heal you, let me comfort you, let me

Take care of that thirst you’ve never mentioned aloud."





Gary Paul Nabhan is a nature writer and agrarian poet who lives and farms in Santa Cruz County. He published his first poem about saguaros in Saguaro National Park in 1972, and later wrote of them in his Tangram Press chapbook of poems, Creatures of Habitat. He is the author or editor of 28 books, which have been honored with a Lannan Literary Fellowship, Western States Book Award, Southwest Book Award and John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing.