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Abandoned

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A dying ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


After two doves flee,
the space between the branches
holds abandoned songs.

   
Photo and haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
   
   
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Glimpse

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Through the leafless branches of an old ironwood tree, the Sonoran Desert sky in southern Arizona glows deep blue.
 


winter afternoon—
a glimpse through twisted branches
of the barren path

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sky

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Through the leafless branches of an Indigo Bush, the Sonoran Desert sky in southern Arizona shows traces of deep blue.
 


first week of the year—
a glimpse through barren branches
of a fertile sky

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Looking

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Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


looking for a sign
amid the tangled branches—
any one will do

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stained

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Day’s end, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Mourning doves nestle
among the twisted branches,
stained with day’s last light.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Rustling

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


just before sunrise
a rustling in the branches—
white dove lifts one wing

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Glimpse

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Sunrise in May, seen through the branches of an indigo bush (Psorothamnus fremontii) , Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


through tangled branches
a glimpse of the homeward way—
her heart skips a beat

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Glimpse

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Sunrise in May, seen through the branches of a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


Through tangled branches
a glimpse of the homeward way
satisfies my heart.

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

Quiddities

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
carry-on luggage
one bag black, the other beige
bulging with tchotchkes
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Without a ticket,
she will not fly this evening—
travel drought begins.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
going the wrong way—
imagine her great surprise
slamming into oaks
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
leper colony—
warblers among the branches
serenade the sick
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
In another room
a woman with open arms
welcomes motes of dust.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
between the pages
aiming to find the answers
to unasked questions
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lighting thin candles
in honor of the feeders
that snatch up small seeds

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hiding

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Ironwood tree as January afternoon shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


A blackbird hiding
among the tangled branches
sings an evening song.

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