Sound Bites

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A crumbling wooden wagon wheel, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
in the corridor
of the nursing home at noon—
clicking of dentures
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
An old man stumbles,
then stoops to tie his laces—
winter afternoon.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
Midwinter musing—
are there no doves anymore
to sing down the sun?
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
after last night’s flood—
slicing twisted clothesline cords
with a rusty knife
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
Midwinter musing—
could her own experience
help somebody else?
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
What explanations
need a dormant plum tree give
for its existence?
  
~~ 7 ~~
  
dandelion fluff—
the anarchy of autumn
riding on the wind

 
 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Stunted

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A stunted tree with twisted shadows, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

 
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Breath

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Shadows lengthen at day’s end, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Wilderness evening—
the dying breath of a dove
settles in the dust.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Seedpods

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Ripe seedpods of datura (deadly nightshade), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


  
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Hearts

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A table decoration lies aslant after a sweetheart dinner at an Arizona church.
  


The dinner party’s over,
The hearts are all askew;
It’s time to clear the tables—
Bring on the busser crew!
 
They love to clear the tables,
They know there will be tips;
But you and I, my valentine,
Shall feed our hungry lips!

   
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Valentine

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A table decoration for a sweetheart dinner at an Arizona church
  


I gave my love a basket
(A funny valentine!),
And asked my love to fill it
With chocolate and with wine.
 
Alas, my love had nothing
Except the best of will,
And so my basket’s empty,
But yet I love him still.

   
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
   
   
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Blue Monday

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Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


reaching for blue sky—
a stand of golden aspens
near the mountaintop

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Weird Tales

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A brittlebush blossom on a winter’s day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
In a burlap sack
a piece of bread with butter
crumbles into dust.
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
For ferocity
she cannot be forgiven,
says the priest in grey.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
Winter afternoon—
why have you gutted my soul
by deceiving me?
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
winter afternoon—
going home to feed the dog
from an empty bag
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
winter afternoon—
crumbs of holiness hidden
in a paper bag
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
Winter afternoon—
having grained the mare,
she lies down to nap.
 

 
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Outcome

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


The same outcome awaits us all.

 
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Distant

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Peering through a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Winter afternoon—
so distant are the mountains
I cannot see them.

  
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