Category Archives: Northern Arizona

Cover

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On the shore of Upper Lake Mary, Coconino National Forest, Arizona
 


autumn cloud cover—
ten thousand hidden creatures
cower in the woods

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Invisibility”

Tricks

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Wild asters, Apache County, Arizona
 


autumn afternoon—
the tricks my eyes play on me
in the aster field

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Nap

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Autumn color, Northern Arizona
 

an afternoon nap—
the shape of the old dog’s breath
among autumn leaves

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Searching

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Dried and battered 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 nature’s detritus in the arroyo, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.

 


I kneel in the dust,
searching for underground streams—
three crows bear witness.

 
Revised haibun © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetry Pantry #324 at Poets United

Quaking

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Cottonwood leaf in autumn, Apache County, Arizona
 


Quaking conversations held by autumn leaves…

 
Text © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Many

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Apache County, Northern Arizona
 


Way too many shadows to count…

 
 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Daylight

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Wayside wildflower, Northern Arizona
 


essence of daylight
nestled in fragile petals
and serrated leaves

 
 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2016: “One with Nature”

Spent

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Northern Arizona
 


Having spent itself,
the wind settles in the grass
for a lengthy nap.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Wind”
 
More Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2016: “One with Nature”

News

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Northern Arizona
 


news at six o’clock—
nothing about sunflowers
luring honeybees

 
 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Clock”

Crashing

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


volcanic mountain—
wave upon wave of ashes
crashing into pines

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Wave”