Category Archives: Northern Arizona

Fortune

Window Rock
 

Window Rock, Arizona
 


eastern winds humming
summer morning songs through a
portal in the rock—
creatures crouching in the grass
the house of their good fortune

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Nap

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A deep depression near The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


last days of summer
settling in an earthen bowl
for an ursine nap

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Departing Summer”

Drought

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song
 
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shimmering heat waves
rising in the wilderness—
spirits cry as gulls
 
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just before sundown
scanning the sky for rainclouds—
even foxes pant

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Waves, Seagulls, Sundown”

Bedding


Kaibab National Forest, Northern Arizona
 


In the pine litter
ten thousand hidden creatures
find a bedding place.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tangled

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Apache County, Arizona
 


wilderness meadow
tangled with light and shadow—
birdsong stuns the air

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Praise


 


Crickets chime your praise,
mower that no longer zings,
scissoring the grass.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Grains

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Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), Apache County, Arizona
 


ripened pollen grains
hiding in the mallow’s heart—
feast for bee and ant

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Bees”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

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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More Carpe Diem: “Puddles”

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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More Carpe Diem: “This Autumn Sky”
 
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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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