Category Archives: wildflowers

Saguaro flowers

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Saguaro cactus blossoms, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Saguaro flowers glowing
Against the bright blue sky
Fill me with greatest pleasure,
And here’s the reason why:
 
I think there’s nothing finer
Than seeing a white bloom
Juxtaposed against the sky
To chase away my gloom.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Finery

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


in spring finery
a poppy by the wayside
reaches to the sky

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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No One

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Some of the first blossoms of 2017: sand verbena in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


No one’s looking back with longing
For the chilly winter day,
When no flowers graced the hillsides,
And the sky was only grey.
  
No one thinks with fond remembrance
Of the barren hills and slopes
Now that spring has come with blossoms
To renew our dreams and hopes.

  
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Tricks

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Wild asters, Apache County, Arizona
 


autumn afternoon—
the tricks my eyes play on me
in the aster field

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Schoolboy

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Sunflowers, southern Colorado
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
spreading jam thickly
on a slice of whole wheat bread—
ravenous schoolboy
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
pollen in the air
making the young schoolboy sneeze—
his homework scatters
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
A young schoolboy hops
froglike to biology
down the long hallway.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
His former teacher
pats the schoolboy on his head
as though he’s her pet.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
through summer-scorched weeds
schoolboys pushing their way home—
crooked is the path
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Playground katydids—
schoolboys pay no attention
as they chase the girls.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
Bored out of his gourd,
a schoolboy totes up reasons
for being outdoors.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
The hottest schoolboy’s
unavailable right now,
having been grounded.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Little red capsules—
the schoolboy’s gulping them down
as fast as he can.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
shoplifting schoolboy—
his teachers thought him honest
until his arrest
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
In this schoolboy’s life
someone needs to intervene
before it’s too late.

 
Poems © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Daylight

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Wayside wildflower, Northern Arizona
 


essence of daylight
nestled in fragile petals
and serrated leaves

 
 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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News

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Northern Arizona
 


news at six o’clock—
nothing about sunflowers
luring honeybees

 
 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Welcoming

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Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), Northern Arizona
 


welcoming
all things ravenous—
bright blossoms

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Wildflowers

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Desert sand verbena, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


soon to be laid waste
by summer’s relentless heat—
wayside wildflowers

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Spines

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Hedgehog cactus in bloom, foreground, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


ninety kinds of spines
barring the mountain pathway—
seven miles to go

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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