Category Archives: Southern Arizona

Until

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Giant palo verde tree in bloom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


How many blossoms,
how many starlit evenings
until the world ends?

 
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Rising

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Dawn lights up a palo verde tree in the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


desert heat rising—
a faraway mountain tugs
at the blackbird’s wings

 
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Though Summer Is Coming

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Great horned owl, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Though summer is coming, it isn’t quite here;
Orion and Hercules burn bright and clear
In skies that are frigid and velvet and deep,
While work-weary humans drift off into sleep.
 
An owl in the desert stands guard near her nest—
To keep her foes wary, she puffs out her chest.
When summertime finally comes with fierce heat,
Both winter and spring will go down in defeat.

 
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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A Voice in the Night

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Winter sunset, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


She lifted her voice against the sun,
Cursing because the daylight was done.
 
The coming of night would make her feel blue,
For none of her dreams would ever come true.
 
She pillowed her head and turned off the light,
Preparing to face the terrors of night,
 
But then came a voice, a voice not her own,
Whispering things from the past she had known:
 
You are the daughter of wisdom and light,
The child of mercy and goodness and right.

 
Be not afraid of the terrors ahead.
Lie down and sleep, child, for safe is your bed.

 
Over her heart washed a wave of relief,
The voice in the night assuaging her grief.

 
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Heard

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Evening descends on the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


What word have you heard,
blackbird on the twisted branch,
of evening’s coming?

 
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Hiding

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Winter afternoon—
a desert dove in hiding
pipes a mournful song.

 
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Perhaps

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


winter afternoon—
perhaps a blackbird will come
to guide my footsteps

 
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Perhaps

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Perhaps a blackbird
has enough strength in its wings
to bring back the clouds.

 
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Birdsong

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Palo verde tree,
Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


winter afternoon—
a nearly empty sky fills
with sudden birdsong

 
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Threads

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


On a chilly day
a crow threads its raucous song
in and out the clouds.

 
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