Category Archives: Arizona
Yavapai County, Arizona
Under ice-blue skies,
the scrub-oak-shrouded mountains
keep time with the moon.
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Lovers of small words and small poems usually gather each Friday at Recuerda Mi Corazon to share their haiku. While Rebecca is in San Miguel de Allende today and next Friday, this will be our gathering place. Welcome!
Old fruit boxes, Southern Arizona
shaping a poem
to fit inside a fruit box—
essence of apples
As I shuffle through the arroyo, I keep dropping to my knees. An onlooker might mistake me for a pilgrim making my way to Lourdes. But the healing I seek cannot be found at some distant holy shrine. It is here in the dust at my feet: cedar twigs snapped off by storms; summer’s leftover flowers; small stones trying in vain to fatten themselves on wisps of winter sun.
I aim my camera at a clump of wasted wildflowers, remembering words from a letter written long ago: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…” (1 Corinthians 1:28, RSV).
Low and despised is nature’s detritus in the arroyo, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.
I kneel in the dust,
searching for underground streams—
three crows bear witness.
Revised haibun © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #324 at Poets United
Autumn begins to color deciduous trees in Coconino National Forest, Northern Arizona
A wealth of autumn colors, Coconino County, Arizona
Photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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