Three Haiku for Winter

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Palo verde tree on a wintry afternoon, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


Winter afternoon—
a nearly empty sky fills
with sudden birdsong.
 
 
first winter shower—
milkweed fluff from shattered pods
flying everywhere
 
 
Our ancestors knew
how to use needle and thread
to patch a torn sky.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Gazing Horse

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A horse gazes longingly out of its corral at Hubbell Trading Post, Ganado, Arizona.
 
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Weight

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A gravesite memorial seems ready to fall at Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 


among the tombstones
one leaning memorial—
the weight of winter

 
 
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Surprises


Within a tiny shadow great surprises hide.
Come, and I’ll display for you what is held inside.
 
First, some blackbird laughter, threaded with fine silk,
Then some wine that sparkles, if you don’t like milk.
 
You’ll also see a comet blazing as it goes,
And something not as fiery: a pale desert rose.
 
Another thing you’ll find there (keep an open mind):
The deeds of righteous people, generous and kind.
 
The world holds more surprises than anyone can dream,
And in the darkest places, surprises reign supreme.
 
What? You don’t believe me? You think that I tell lies?
My advice to you, my friend: Open both your eyes!

 
Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Ruby Tuesday Too: Broken Bulb

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A Christmas light long past its prime now litters the desert of Yuma County, Arizona.
 
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Blue Monday: The Keeper

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La Virgen de Guadalupe keeps watch over a grave at Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Lady, keep both night and day
Those who now are far away
From our sight and from our voice;
In your keeping, we rejoice.

 
  
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Macro Monday 2: Christmas Ornaments

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Christmas ornaments in a Yuma County, Arizona church.
 



 
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Kiss the Acrobat


Kiss the acrobat goodbye,
Do not be afraid to fly.
 
Play the right chord, not the wrong;
I will listen to your song
 
And admire your awesome skill—
Aim for dulcet notes, not shrill!
 
Test your apron, tie it tight—
Hope your cookies turn out right!
 
I’ve been missing you a bunch—
Let’s have cookies for our lunch!

 
Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Book

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Autumn afternoon shadows settle on the pages of a book.
 
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Footbridge

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Entrance to Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Crossing the footbridge,
I find a desert garden,
but no gardener.

 
 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher