Category Archives: I Heart Macro

Counting

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Melon blossom, Southern California
 


the melon farmer
counting blossoms one by one
in this year of drought

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Butterfly

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Butterfly gathering nectar at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 
“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 Desert Southwest, 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.

 


the shadows lengthen
a butterfly lifts its wings—
my house is too small

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Swept

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First blossoms on an ironwood tree, March 2015, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


swept up together
first blossoms on the ironwood
and the bright blue sky

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
For my inspiration, I have used this haiku by Santoka Taneda:
 
dew and
fallen leaves
swept up together
 
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Entwined

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Castoff medical glove, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


An empty blue glove,
entwined with the desert wind,
flutters its fingers.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Remains

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Remains of a bird, killed by a predator, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


after the kill
a handful of feathers—
sacred remains

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Forgotten

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Wildflower, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Is this the blossom
forgotten when I left home
forty years ago?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Companions

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Brittlebush leaves at twilight Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the brittlebush leaves
gathering light to themselves
my sole companions
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The best companions are in nature.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Channeling

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Wildflowers at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


channeling music
from the tiniest blossoms
the old shaman’s tongue

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Broken

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Discarded flower pot, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


broken flower pot—
a blooming place for shadows
instead of lilies

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Comfortless

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


poppy-petal tales
of a dark and thorny way
where no comforts lie

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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