Nature Walk


As I shuffle through the arroyo, I keep dropping to my knees. An onlooker might mistake me for a pilgrim making my way to Lourdes. But the healing I seek cannot be found at some distant holy shrine. It is here in the dust at my feet: cedar twigs snapped off by storms; summer’s leftover flowers; small stones trying in vain to fatten themselves on wisps of winter sun.
I aim my camera at a clump of wasted wildflowers, remembering words from a letter written long ago: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…” (1 Corinthians 1:28, RSV).
Low and despised is winter’s detritus in the arroyo, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.

Kneeling in the dust,
I search for underground streams—
three crows bear witness.

Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: Northern Arizona
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Posted on March 6, 2012, in Arizona, Floral Friday Fotos, haibun, haiku, I Heart Macro, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday, Northern Arizona, One Single Impression, Scripture, Sensational Haiku Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, Sunday Scribblings, We Write Poems. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. This is hauntingly beautiful!

  2. Very nice macro photo.

    Regards and best wishes

  3. Haunting is exactly the right word. But lovely, too; even in decay, there’s a promise of something more…

  4. Lovely post, both words and photo!

    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

  5. I always think that nature must laugh at our foolishness, dreaming hopeless dreams when we should rejoice just in being. Enjoyed the visit.

  6. meditative energy here ~ pondering ~~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) linked w/HSW

  7. Absolutely gorgeous. Perfect.

  8. I’m running out of superlatives!

  9. Lovely both haiku and photo! Nature heals.

  10. That is really communing with nature…a hands on approach..I love it..

  11. I like your haibun almost as much as the photo, but I’m REALLY partial to wintery detritus. Wish I could make the prose and poem seem like an organic whole like this. The haiku seems almost, but not quite, inevitable.

  12. Love the whole thing here: picture, prose and haiku. Very lovely.

  13. MMT…
    3 Crows eh?
    Quite an audiance…hehehehe

  14. nicely done indeed….thanks for sharing

  15. another beauty mtm… the sights and sounds background to a calling… amen…

  16. Maybe one of my favorites of yours, MMT! Very nice ~~

  17. Very nice! Those crows are always watching. Makes you wonder what stories they could tell…

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