Category Archives: 5-7-5
Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona.
A ruined stone wall overlooks Willow Lake, Prescott, Arizona.
“It is hard to say good-bye to beloved flesh,” Madeleine L’Engle writes in Two-Part-Invention. It is also hard to say good-bye to beloved places. One of the tiny public schools where I taught was no longer able to retain all the teachers on staff. Funding was scarce. Because I was one of the last to be hired, I was among the first to be let go. There was no last-minute reprieve. As I prepared to leave a place I had come to love, I found myself humming a plaintive tune, first sung many thousands of years ago by a disconsolate group of displaced persons: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4).
suddenly a stream
refreshing weary pilgrims
in the wilderness
A lone shoe would, if it could, walk to find its missing mate.
Sunset in the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
A surrealistic painting of a winter sky adds a dash of mystery to the wall of a home in Yuma, Arizona.
Ocotillo thorns, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
A desert scene near Ajo, Arizona.
“Bones” of a long-dead saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
Hush your scolding, crow!
Leave these bleaching bones in peace
Photo and haiku by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Peace”