Category Archives: Arizona

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Autumn Shadows

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An old ironwood tree casts autumn shadows in Yuma County, Arizona.
 
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Blue Monday: Cross

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An “old rugged cross,” Glendale Memorial Park, Glendale, Arizona.
 


Although the cross is rugged
And the grave is sere,
I come to visit often,
For my beloved’s here.
 
It’s not a chore to visit
Even when it’s hot,
For my beloved greets me
From his little plot.

 
  
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Snow on the Pine Boughs

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Pine boughs laden with snow in Apache County, Arizona.
 


Snow on the pine boughs, snow in the air!
Snow on the fox and raven and hare!
Snow in the valley, snow on the hill!
Snow on the rock, the ridge, and the rill!
 
Everywhere, everywhere snow is in sight!
Everything wears a blanket of white!
Nothing escapes the fingers of cold—
Winter is here, the world waxes old.

 
Poem © 2018 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Macro Monday 2: Timer

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A timer in Phoenix, Arizona delivers water to plants on schedule.
 



 
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MACRO MONDAY 2
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Yard

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A shadowy yard in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
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Seven Riffs on Leaves

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Cottonwood leaf in autumn, Apache County, Arizona.


 
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A hole in the fence:
Will I be able to see
the oak leaves falling?
 
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on the dusty end
of my workshop’s topmost shelf:
three leaves from the oak
 
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How strange the patterns
made by ginkgo leaves falling
into the gutter!
 
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Under the plum tree
a cardboard box fills with leaves—
how tattered they look!
 
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Near the tube station
we slog through wet autumn leaves,
eager to be home.
 
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wherever I turn
in the last days of autumn:
sodden maple leaves
 
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pieces of old dreams
some of them with falling leaves
some of them with stones

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Owl

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A great horned owl perches in a palo verde tree in the Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona.
 


One morning an owl in a tree
Appeared to be staring at me,
Or maybe he glared;
It’s not that I cared,
It’s just what owls do, don’t you see?

 
Limerick and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Owl”

Autumn Leaves

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Colorful aspen leaves, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016.


 
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tumult on my roof—
acorns and oak leaves thudding
till the storm is done
 
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Since crowds delight you,
how can one falling oak leaf
give you so much joy?
 
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Bring me one red leaf
from under the maple tree,
then leave me alone.
 
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Such a waste of breath:
lamenting the leaves falling
from my backyard plum!
 
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Two feral cats fight
among the falling oak leaves—
one gets bragging rights.
 
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Blackbird, O blackbird,
how do you balance your song
on that falling leaf?
 
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It is no great loss
to watch storm clouds disappear,
but when plum leaves fall…

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #182
 
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Haiku My Heart, Hosting for Rebecca: Healing

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A wounded cactus begins to heal in a Phoenix, Arizona backyard.
 


To all wounded things
blackbird sings a healing song—
new growth soon appears.

 
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Balance

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Sunflower in an irrigated field, Southern Arizona
 


delicate balance—
halfway between earth and sky
a sunflower blooms

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Balance”