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Winter storm clouds gather near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


What word, little bird,
lures the thunderstorm closer
to the parched mountain?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Word”

Blue Monday: Tree Hugger

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Student artwork at a Yuma County, Arizona high school
  


A tree-hugging bird is a sight
That you can see only in light,
For like you and me
The bird in the tree
Finds comfort in sleeping at night.

  
Photo and limerick © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


October morning—
a wounded bird takes cover
in a tangled tree.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
More SkyWatch Friday
    
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Autumn”

Bird

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Remains of a ravaged bird, Yuma County, Arizona
 


A bird without its feathers
Is not going anywhere,
Although it longs for freedom
And for flying through the air.
 
A bird without its feathers
Is deceased, most probably,
And will never see the sun
That still shines on you and me.

  
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Macro Monday 2
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Animals”

Diary Entry

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O my little pumpkin-head,
How you thrilled me when you said,
 
“Bring me milk and bring me dirt—
I will teach you how to flirt.
 
All night long we’ll play at love,
While the wheeling stars above
 
Shape and shape anew our dream:
To have love our only theme.
 
Neither brick nor bird nor car
Will outshine that dazzling star,
 
Star that guides our hands and feet
In the ways that lovers meet.”
 
O my little pumpkin-head,
I’m still thrilled, though you are dead.

 

Poem © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #318
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #75

Pajarito

 

Haiga © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Birds”

Thorns

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Fallen ocotillo blossoms lodged in cholla cactus spines, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


some thorns, a blossom—
surely one small bird will come
with a morning song

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Thornbush

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus fremontii), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


lonely little bird
still singing in the thornbush—
indigo blossom

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Thorn”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine

Companion

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Little bird at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


at dawn
I wash my feet with dew
the longest day


with only one small bird
as my companion

 
*Opening gambit by Yozakura (1640-1716)
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Inspired by Yozakura”

Dew

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Dew from the mountain
does not dampen desert dust—
still the white bird sings.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku Heights: “Dew”