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Sting

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Saguaro cacti,Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


seeking a clamshell
too close to the saguaros—
the sting of each thorn

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hint

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Agave blossoms, May 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a hint of shadow
on the skin of the mountain—
blossoms stun the air
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the living desert at blossom time

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tolling

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 


long before sunset
even the wren stops singing
to heed the bell’s toll
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
tolling a bell for all seasons

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Waste

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Indigo bush, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


parched and barren waste—
butterfly seeking nectar
pauses in mid-flight

 

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Writing

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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 
 


from a treetop
emptiness dropped down
in a cicada shell


writing a rich new story
in the pond beneath the pine

 
*Opening gambit © by Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold
 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Accent

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Old adobe ranch house, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


the ranch house garden—
only a few white blossoms
to accent the red
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A rain of blossoms brings joy.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Teahouse

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Teahouse, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


last days of April
still linger in the teacup—
geisha swirls the dregs
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the shadows, the teahouse beckons.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Friends

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Two old friends enjoying the Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


two old friends
waiting for a thunderclap—
studied nonchalance
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
short on time
best friends forever
seize the day

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Light

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April twilight, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


one thin spider’s thread
stitching both light and shadows
to the desert’s bones
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Light leaks into the barren land.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Renunciation

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Mesquite blossoms at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


If the mesquite tree
were to renounce its blossoms,
how would it bear fruit?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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