Category Archives: September Heights 2013

Singing

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 
“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 Sonoran Desert, 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.

 

three crickets chirping
stones conferring with the wind
my house is too small

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Ein Stück Himmel
 
More September Heights 2013: “Chirp”

Dreading

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Wild asters, Northern Arizona
 

In a fairy tale
I could have been an aster,
dreading the first frost.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More September Heights 2013: “Dread”

Old Strawhead

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Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


carnival of one—
old strawhead in the garden
crooning for a crow

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Carpe Diem: “Scarecrow”
 
More September Heights 2013: “Carnival”

Wilted

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Frost-damaged sunflower, Northern Arizona
 


Sometimes paradise
is a wilted sunflower
still singing summer.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More September Heights 2013: “Wilted”
 
More Postcards from Paradise at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Cheer

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Animas River, Aztec, New Mexico
 


riversong shadows
cheering weary pilgrims’ hearts
as they journey on

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More September Heights 2013: “River”

Superstition

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Spider, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


stumbling home at dusk
a spider ripe with eggs
blocking my way

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Issa’s ‘Skylight'”
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Stumble”
 
More September Heights 2013: “Superstition”

Tradition

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An old tradition—
scribbling poetry in sand,
then erasing it.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More September Heights 2013: “Tradition”

Holyseed

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Burs, Riverside County, Southern California
 

holyseed
bursting in my heart
to fullfruit

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings: “Full of”
 
More September Heights 2013: “Holy”

Cocina

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fragrant cocina—
enough fleeting aromas
for a week of meals

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More September Heights 2013: “Kitchen”

Decision

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Native American Virgin and Christ Child, Mission San Antonio de Pala, Pala, California
 


terrified teen mom
decides to keep her baby—
planets go astray

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More September Heights 2013: “Decision”
 
More Mornings with Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon