Category Archives: The April Heights 2013

Zebra

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When the zebra sings,
the Southern Cross rejoices
star by twinkling star.

 

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Youngling

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Juvenile diamondback rattlesnake, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


how a desert nun
sidesteps the youngling rattler
even as she prays

 
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A Little Whirl with Ted Kooser

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The first line of each haiku comes from various poems in Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
Sometimes they hear us,
grubs in the garden, and try
to make out our words.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
The swaying nettles
do not have to guess their place
in the universe.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Bloom at the roadside,
when the old beggar saw you,
she trembled for joy.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
The redwing blackbirds
swear an oath to the north wind:
We will outlast you.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
From behind the trees
arise thin incantations,
sung by things unknown.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Nothing but flowers,
and nothing rare, but common,
can tame my wild heart.
 

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Awakening

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Sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


how a desert monk
simply by awakening
summons up the sun

 
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Storytellers

Photocopier

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too many copies
of useless information
push the Off button

 

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Transformation

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Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


how a waterfall
becomes an old saguaro
in the wilderness

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Volcano

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poets erupting
with haiku after haiku
April volcano

 

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Incense

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Ironwood (Olneya tesota) in bloom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Never uprooted,
ancient ironwood still blooms—
sweet desert incense.

 
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Graces

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Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 17th century, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


from the Virgin’s hand
a tsunami of graces
for sinners in need

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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