Category Archives: Arizona

Flood

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August sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Lonesome little dove,
you flood the desert with song
morning by morning.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Flood

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Detail of a carpet in a church in Wellton, Arizona
 


If a mighty flood should come,
Sweeping through the church’s doors,
Carpets would be overwhelmed
As would all the parquet floors.
 
When the mighty flood subsides,
Just as in the Bible lore,
There will come an olive branch
From the One who makes waves roar.

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Scattered

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Broken dinnerware, littering the desert near Yuma, Arizona
 


Can these scattered shards be repaired?

 
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Note

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The summer afternoon sky framed by the branches of a dead brittlebush, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Summer afternoon—
a dove on a barren branch
repeats the same note.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Kintsugi

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Broken dinnerware, littering the desert near Yuma, Arizona
 


Kintsugi master,
gather up these scattered shards,
and with your lacquer,
glue them together again,
more beautiful than before.

 
Photo and tanka © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Writing letters

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 
 

I would work harder
at writing letters
if I thought someone
would open the envelope.
There’s something satisfying
about going to my desk,
sweeping aside the rejection slips
from my latest failed poem,
and writing to friends,
a different one each day.
Despite my devotion
to penning words on paper,
few friends reply,
and I have to remind myself
that letter writing
is about to pass away
into that realm where
rotary dial telephones,
carbon paper, and chalkboards
are of blessed memory.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Lucky

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Detail from a mosaic on a community wall, Ajo, Arizona

 

We’re a lucky family.
We crossed the border at night,
escaping dogs and guns
and human traffickers,
to find a refuge with friends.
But our neighbor Juana,
who crossed only one night later?
We hear she’s in El Paso,
working as a maid in a hotel
that rents rooms by the hour.
But “maid” is just another word for “slave,”
and Juana owes her soul and body
to the man who rescued her
from the border patrol.
She’ll be lucky
to leave that motel alive.
But what can we do?
We have no papers,
and if they find us here,
they will send us back.
We can only pray for Juana,
hoping that someday she can join us
in this little desert town,
where no one bothers us,
and no one challenges our right to be.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Woman

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


A woman with eyes big and brown
Decided she’d go into town.
She bought a new hat,
And milk for her cat,
And, at the last minute, a gown.

 
Photo and limerick © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Laughter

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A mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 
 

Listen to girls laugh—
no two are alike.
One’s laughter is sweet,
the other’s rings of deceit.
The best laughter
(think of someone you know)
surprises you
like hair falling
across your eyes
just as the blackbird
lifts off to fly
and all you can see
is a wingtip
and then it is gone.
Yet of life’s ten thousand joys
this is only one.

 

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Snooze

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Indigo bush, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Lizards snooze where shadows are thin.

 
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