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Threat of summer rain, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

For seven halcyon days, the pilgrim has made her way through the wilderness, but now the sky is overcast. Rain is imminent. May I find shelter from the storm, she prays. But even as the last word leaves her lips, the first drops of rain begin to fall. Harder and harder they strike. Soon the pilgrim is drenched. She sinks to her knees, lifts her face to the heavens: All things come from You. All things serve You. Blessed be Your name. A bedraggled raven appears, landing on her shoulder. Its raucous caw sounds almost like human speech. It seems to be urging her toward a distant hill. At the foot of the hill, she sees a caravanserai. There she can shed her sodden garments and rest until the storm passes. Its mission accomplished, the raven takes flight.

how startled lizards
seek shelter from the deluge
under twigs and stones

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on July 31, 2013, in Arizona, Carpe Diem, Ein Stück Himmel, haibun, haiku, Himmelsk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. A nice composition for the different sky-themes!
    Well done!

  2. Your prose flows as mellifluously as your poetry! Everything about this spoke to me! Did you also intend to write this for the NaHaiWriMo prompt for today -rain? Or is it a serendipitous coincidence?

  3. Okay. Color me so very impressed. I went with the obvious unable to see the unseen as you and Lolly have. Wonderful, MMT! So far I’ve only read those two haiku so others are not offended at my comment.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank you, Maggie. I found the prompt very difficult, so what I did here really constitutes a dodge! 🙂

  4. You speak to my love of the desert. This is so stunning–the prose and poetry, both of them. I was surprised to see it was written to a prompt. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.

  5. What a beautiful shot!

  6. then a brilliant dodge it is

    we have had skies looking like this rather frequently lately

    the last week and a half has been unusually cold and wet


  7. Rain is heavenly and most welcomed in the dry regions. It comes suddenly and disappears just as fast. A memorable experience totally unexpected. Thanks for the memory MMT!


  8. Great photo of summer rain!Well done!

  9. Is that thunder….not it’s me clapping!


  10. Yes they do, no matter where they are….but especially in the desert.

  11. From reading this piece, I see that not all prayers are answered—at least not in the way that we hope they will be.

    In a Wayside Inn

  12. A beautiful soft light over the landscape.

  13. Looking great … also the story I like very much
    Cheers, Heidrun from Bavaria in Germany

    –> my sky

  14. What an awesome photo mmt and that haibun is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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