Category Archives: Arizona

Secret

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Yucca transitioning from blossom to seedpod, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


plump seedpod
cradling next summer
in secret
gossip bees whisper
in the blossom fields

 
Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Spring Tidings”

Keening

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Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


three sighs to sundown
and the full pink moon’s blooming—
cemetery blues
the keening of doves at dusk
and on the cusp of morning

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Moon”

Crow

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Sunrise glimpsed through the branches of an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
crow on the mountain
his tedious yammering
smearing the sun in the east
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
the eyes of a crow
reflect the burning mountain
just before sunrise
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
at the sunrise hour
a crow with its mocking song
lays waste the mountain

 
Tanka and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Sunrise…Mountaintop”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Reflect, Tedious, Waste”

Nap

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A deep depression near The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


last days of summer
settling in an earthen bowl
for an ursine nap—
about the dreams to follow
not even stars know the time

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Nap”
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Follow”

Sweeping

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A variety of aloe in bloom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Sweeping the garden
of debris from last night’s storm,
I’ve time to ponder
these golden aloe blossoms
near the Buddha at the well.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Sweep”
 
More A Prompt Each Day: “Time”

Hiding

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Havre, Montana artist Mary Nault working on a watercolor at an outdoor event in Yuma, Arizona
 


peony bouquet
still hiding in the bristles
of the artist’s brush
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
From an artist’s brush, great surprises!

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Peony”
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Web

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Spider, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


after my walk:
a perfect spider web
stuck to my glasses


how magical the world looks
through a thousand silken strands

 
*Opening gambit © by Lee Gurga
 
Final two lines © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
 
More Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge: “Lee Gurga’s ‘A Perfect Spider Web'”

Flirting

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Feeding koi, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


in the garden pond
a thousand golden fishes
flirting with the sun
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
splashed across page one
of this morning’s newspaper—
goldfish invasion

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Wednesday Waters #16
 
More Carpe Diem: “Goldfish”
 
More A Prompt Each Day: “Newspaper”

Bridging

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A footbridge, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


bridging the morning
with broken bits of moonbeam
splinters of the sun

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Wednesday Waters #16
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Bridge of Morning'”

Road

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A stone-lined pathway at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


honeysuckle scent
perfuming the ancient road
that leads to the hills
 
on a rocky road
women with delicate feet
walking with their gods
 
fresh winds from the west
erasing every footprint
from the pilgrim way

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Fresh”
 
More: A Prompt Each Day: “Rocky Road”
 
More Carpe Diem Full Circle Challenge: “Heaven”

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