Sonoran sunrise.January 2014 photo sunriseJan14_zpsfb0aeecb.jpg
Sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

bright edge of morning
where rainbow colors balance—
two crows miss their part

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on February 2, 2014, in 5-7-5, Arizona, Sky Watch Friday, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. I like your choice of words and photo! Can feel the edge of morning 😉

  2. I like that the crows were late..they can spoil a beautiful morning..

  3. Lovely sunrise…

  4. beautiful photo – I like it without any crows in it!

  5. Beautiful.. the crows are always near.

  6. There is a children’s story about crows or ravens, where the birds end up getting their black color because they missed some calling, and yet when you look at their shimmy shine – they seem to have captured all of the colors.

    Balance is tricky. 🙂

  7. Stunning, words and image.

  8. I have seen that sunrise and those crows. Do you think they missed it, because they slept in?

  9. Beautiful sunset and one gets mesmerized No wonder the crows get confused!


  10. Love all of this brief but whole circle of a poem. Crows are a symbol of higher law, that which supersedes the law of earth and man. There is a myth that tells of how crow was once the most beautiful of creatures, covered in a rainbow of hues that outshone all others. But, crow became the victim of his own hubris, refusing to take part in the community because he felt he was better than (or above) all of the rest. So, was punished by having all that color taken away and replaced with the blackness of a shadow. Cursed to walk in full sunlight where only a slight glimmer of his original beauty may be seen, he still complains (cawing) about what he feels is injustice (and somehow so very human). Your brief poem tells the whole story by defining the photo of the sunrise by the crows absence from it. A true circle of life, a wholeness completed in a few very colorful words. And like a Mandala, worth a period of quiet meditation. Brava! Wonderful job.


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      In all the years I’ve been blogging, this is the most intriguing and most thoughtful comment I have ever received. Thank you!

  11. Even the crows have their part to play. OK, so they got up late that morning. (Sshh! Don’t tell anybody I love their call.)

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I’m rather a fan of crows myself, although some people despise them and disparage them with the term “rats with wings.”

  12. Elizabeth’s story does enhance your lovely haiku.

  13. Gorgeous, mmt.


  14. not a fan of crows, yet somehow i feel for them in this short poem. the imagery of the colours almost needed the crows in some way. their strong black presence serving finally in a positive way, but , not this time! nice work!

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