Category Archives: Sky Watch Friday

Cholla

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Cholla cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Little cactus wren,
your nest in the tall cholla
blew away last night!

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Barren

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


these barren branches—
even the dove fat with song
refuses to sing

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Angel

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A winding path, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 
 

A father bends
to help his little girl
who has skinned her knee
while running.
Somehow her legs gave way
and she stumbled in the gravel
at the sidewalk’s end.
He kisses the wound
again and again, murmuring,
“It’s all right, angel, it’s all right.”
Smiling back at him
through tears, she says,
“Thank you, Daddy.
You’re an angel too.”
Then the big angel spreads his wings
and carries his little angel home.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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When

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Shadows surround a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


When will the shadows go away?

 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Walk

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


A small wooden bridge—
first, we walk through the shadows,
then into the light.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

 

An Everyday Place

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


There’s magic about an everyday place,
There’s magic afoot—it’s true!
Just open your eyes and take a good look
At things that you thought you knew.
 
The sky, for instance, see how it’s glowing
Brilliantly, bitingly, blue?
The sidewalk you’ve traveled day after day—
That leaf at your feet, it’s new!
 
And isn’t that stone, the one to the right,
Flushing a different hue
Now that you pause for a much closer look?
O happy magic to you!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Where

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Shadows under an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Where are the doves this afternoon?

 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Which

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Two saguaro cacti tower over wildflowers during the spring 2017 “super bloom” at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Noisy cactus wren,
which saguaro will you choose
for a nesting place?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Far away from the ocean

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A lone ironwood tree stands out against the sky, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Far away from the ocean,
Surrounded by desert sands,
Swathed in the midday silence,
A stalwart tree still stands.
 
Gulls and plovers are absent,
But cougars still snarl and scream
Here in this land where oceans
Are only a fleeting dream.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Fresh

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Daybreak at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


The smokers are still sleeping,
All snug within their tents.
The air is fresh and lovely,
Despite the world’s events.
 
But with the exhalation
Of morning’s first white smoke,
Creatures near the cigarettes
Will writhe and gag and choke.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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