Stained

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Day’s end, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Mourning doves nestle
among the twisted branches,
stained with day’s last light.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Twilight

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Distant mountain range at day’s end, Maricopa County, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Wilderness twilight—
who will lock the clouds in place
to shroud the full moon?

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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On a Crumbling Wall

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Section of a mural, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
on a crumbling wall
iridescent hummingbird
in eternal flight—
its whirring wings never stop
as it hovers for a sip
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
empty garden bench
where last night’s conversation
still lingers at dawn
patterns of loss and longing
nestling in the wooden slats
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
all things softening
as summer moves toward autumn—
even field mice seem
to dwindle into mere fluff
a child’s breath can blow away
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a cold deep pool
where she comes to bathe at dawn
dropping her silk blouse
into the dry stems and weeds
detritus of late summer
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
offering herself
as an exile from the world—
the burdock knows why,
and so does the peony
with its extravagant bloom

 
Tanka and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Refuge

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A stand of palo verde trees, Maricopa County, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


on a sizzling day
taking refuge from the sun
underneath a tree
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


Are trees better companions than humans?

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Woe

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“Bones” of a dead saguaro cactus, Maricopa County, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


Seven tales of woe—
even the saguaro knows
at least one of them.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Rustling

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


just before sunrise
a rustling in the branches—
white dove lifts one wing

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Election Questions

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Will it prove fatal to get out and vote?
What if there is no harmonious note
In the election that’s surely to come?
Will I be gaping and feeling quite dumb?

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
 
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Twilight

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Organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) blossom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Not a breath of wind
ruffles the cactus blossom
at the twilight hour.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Spent

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Northern Arizona
 


Having spent itself,
the wind settles in the grass
for a lengthy nap.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Gecko

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Ceramic gecko on a wall, Zapopan, Mexico
 


hot summer morning—
gecko scrabbling on the wall
disturbs the dog’s nap

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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