Category Archives: Northern Arizona

Cluttering

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A street the morning after rain, northern Arizona
 


cluttering
the wayside puddle
a cloudbank

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Thirst

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Autumn 2011, Northern Arizona
 


January thirst—
photographs of autumns past
fill my empty cup

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Witness

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Wasted wildflowers, northern Arizona

 
As I shuffle through the arroyo, I keep dropping to my knees. An onlooker might mistake me for a pilgrim making my way to Lourdes. But the healing I seek cannot be found at some distant holy shrine. It is here in the dust at my feet: cedar twigs snapped off by storms; summer’s leftover flowers; small stones trying in vain to fatten themselves on wisps of winter sun.
 
I aim my camera at a clump of wasted wildflowers, remembering words from a letter written long ago: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…” (1 Corinthians 1:28, RSV).
 
Low and despised is winter’s detritus in the arroyo, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.

 

Kneeling in the dust,
I search for underground streams—
three crows bear witness.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Frost

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Frosty morning, northern Arizona
 


in a time of frost
seeking the comfort of fire
the tales told by smoke

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Woodpecker

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


volcanic mountain—
woodpecker’s rat-a-tat-tat
stirring the ashes

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Dust

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Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


wilderness grasses
waiting for the winter rains—
a dust cloud ripens

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Company

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One of many ancient ruins at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


this old house
keeping company
with the wind

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lantern

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View of a courtyard in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, Arizona
 


Red paper lantern—
mistaking it for ripe fruit,
wrens peck at its flesh.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Legacy

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Remnants of wildflowers, Northern Arizona
 


first frost’s legacy—
bouquets of wasted flowers
ready to sow seeds

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Cleft

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The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


The cleft affords a grand view.


high country morning—
through a cleft in the stone wall
the scent of campfires

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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