Category Archives: haiku

Sunflowers

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Sunflowers blossom at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


On a wintry day
in southern Arizona
sunflowers still bloom.

 
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Labor

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On a clear day watchers from the tower at Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona could see for miles.
 


Winter afternoon—
where the women once ground corn,
shadows labor now.

 
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Snowflakes

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Palm fronds seem to pierce the winter clouds at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Deepening winter—
I look in vain for snowflakes
on the palm tree’s fronds.

 
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New Coat

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A snowy forest in northern New Mexico.
 


last days of the year—
even the old pine forest
puts on a new coat

 
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New Home

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A newly built birdhouse awaits its first occupants at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Little brown sparrow,
will you make this house your home
before the wren does?

 
 
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Windmill

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A windmill stands still on a windless December day at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden , Yuma, Arizona.
 


Blades of the windmill—
how many times will they turn
before I reach home?

 
 
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Three Haiku for Winter

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Palo verde tree on a wintry afternoon, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


Winter afternoon—
a nearly empty sky fills
with sudden birdsong.
 
 
first winter shower—
milkweed fluff from shattered pods
flying everywhere
 
 
Our ancestors knew
how to use needle and thread
to patch a torn sky.

 
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Weight

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A gravesite memorial seems ready to fall at Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 


among the tombstones
one leaning memorial—
the weight of winter

 
 
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Footbridge

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Entrance to Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Crossing the footbridge,
I find a desert garden,
but no gardener.

 
 
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Prayer House

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Old adobe building, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside County, California.
 


little house of prayer
in the shadows of the oak—
come, O Spirit, come

 
 
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