Insect

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A stone painted to resemble an insect, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


A desert stone was posing,
Posing as a bug;
A hungry raven spied it,
Thought it was a slug.
 
The raven swooped down on it,
Hoping for a snack,
But when it saw the bug was stone,
It gave up the attack.

 
  
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
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Fit

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Human litter, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Nothing will fit in crumpled cans.

 
 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Painted Sky

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
  


In the painted sky
three notes from coyote’s mouth
linger until dawn.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Flaunting

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Barrel cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California, March 2017
  


On the mountain path
a cactus flaunts its blossoms
for a day or two.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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The Plan

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


 
Is there anyone to feed
The coyote in his need?
Who will soothe the fevered bird
With cool water and kind word?
 
Surely needed aid will come,
Unannounced by fife and drum,
Even as a stranger’s hand
Tends God’s creatures as God planned.
 

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Who

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A mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


 
Someone in the desert needs a helping hand;
Someone needs some water in this thirsty land.
 
Who will help the stranger out of her distress?
Who will offer comfort in the wilderness?
 

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Door

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Door on an abandoned building, Ajo, Arizona
 


Behind the old battered blue door
There’s emptiness, and nothing more.
Not even a mouse,
A cricket or louse
Is hiding behind the blue door.

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Six Ways of Blackbird

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A cactus wren made of wood, mounted on particle board used to cover a window, Ajo, Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
late winter morning—
blackbird surveys his domain
from a chimney top
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
In weakness and woe
a weary pilgrim wanders,
blackbird at her side.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
Blackbird on the wing
hears the hapless harlot’s cry
as her night begins.
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
A blackbird ignores
the blasts and blights of fortune
as she builds her nest.
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
a trickle of blood
from the blackbird’s open beak—
early morning crash
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
a curse and a cry—
and the blackbird disappears
for another year
 

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Bent

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A mural pointing to more murals in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


Arrow, bent in the right direction…

 
 
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Rail

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Abandoned railroad tracks, Ajo, Arizona
  


Winter afternoon—
a dove lays down her last song
on a rusting rail.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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