Category Archives: Arizona

Blue Monday: Hungry Mallard

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Part of a sign promoting clean lakes and streams, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


One day a hungry mallard
Was looking for a snack;
He looked both up- and downstream,
He looked both front and back.
 
He settled for a minnow,
While hungering for more,
Then swam back reluctantly
To the distant shore.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Why

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An old farm truck rusts in the sun, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Why do all things fall apart?

 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cholla

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Cholla cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Little cactus wren,
your nest in the tall cholla
blew away last night!

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Barren

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


these barren branches—
even the dove fat with song
refuses to sing

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Monsters

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A mosaic dinosaur footprint at Prescott Public Library, Prescott, Arizona
 


Monsters, monsters everywhere,
On the land, and in the air!
Monsters with great clumsy feet!
Monsters you don’t want to meet!
 
Stay away from monster land!
Stay away from where they stand,
Lest you fall beneath their feet,
And your downfall be complete!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Angel

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A winding path, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 
 

A father bends
to help his little girl
who has skinned her knee
while running.
Somehow her legs gave way
and she stumbled in the gravel
at the sidewalk’s end.
He kisses the wound
again and again, murmuring,
“It’s all right, angel, it’s all right.”
Smiling back at him
through tears, she says,
“Thank you, Daddy.
You’re an angel too.”
Then the big angel spreads his wings
and carries his little angel home.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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When

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Shadows surround a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


When will the shadows go away?

 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Walk

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


A small wooden bridge—
first, we walk through the shadows,
then into the light.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

 

An Everyday Place

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


There’s magic about an everyday place,
There’s magic afoot—it’s true!
Just open your eyes and take a good look
At things that you thought you knew.
 
The sky, for instance, see how it’s glowing
Brilliantly, bitingly, blue?
The sidewalk you’ve traveled day after day—
That leaf at your feet, it’s new!
 
And isn’t that stone, the one to the right,
Flushing a different hue
Now that you pause for a much closer look?
O happy magic to you!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Common

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


common marigolds
looking uncommonly bright
after last night’s rain

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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