Category Archives: Ein Stück Himmel

Desecration

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


how a thunderbolt
hurled from Zeus’s mighty hand
desecrates a tree

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Petal

Bugambilia
Bugambilia (bougainvillea), Los Algodones, Baja California Norte, México
 


If you have no star,
then wish upon a petal—
wee ones know it works.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Threnody

Shell

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Abandoned building, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


Desert Shell Motel
only the rats and lizards
checking in tonight

 
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Islands

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Dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in the wilderness
islands of tranquility
hoarding pools of light

 
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Dance

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Saguaro cacti, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


Fasting and praying,
she draws near the ancient ones—
they bid her to dance.

 
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Washing

Nuzzling

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Tamarisk (salt cedar) blossoms, Temecula, California
 


salt cedar blossoms
nuzzling the sky with fragrance
first morning prayers

 
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Singing

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, it comes from sky and star and stone. It comes from weeds and wind and wild things. It comes from crow and cricket and cottonwood. It is the singing of the Sonoran Desert, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore it.
 
I hear it as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear it while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear it while I am grading papers.
 
At day’s end, I slip into comfortable clothing and walk into the nearby wilderness. The stones and weeds and dust greet me with rejoicing. They knew I would come.

 

three crickets chirping
stones conferring with the wind
my house is too small

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Rice

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Irrigated field, Southern Arizona
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
Over early rice
she sprinkles magic powders—
tonight, her lover!
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Needing no lamplight,
rice planters steal forth at dawn,
bearing tender shoots.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
scarlet letters
staining sheets
of rice paper

 
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