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Autumn Leaves

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Colorful aspen leaves, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016.


 
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tumult on my roof—
acorns and oak leaves thudding
till the storm is done
 
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Since crowds delight you,
how can one falling oak leaf
give you so much joy?
 
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Bring me one red leaf
from under the maple tree,
then leave me alone.
 
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Such a waste of breath:
lamenting the leaves falling
from my backyard plum!
 
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Two feral cats fight
among the falling oak leaves—
one gets bragging rights.
 
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Blackbird, O blackbird,
how do you balance your song
on that falling leaf?
 
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It is no great loss
to watch storm clouds disappear,
but when plum leaves fall…

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Breath

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Shadows lengthen at day’s end, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Wilderness evening—
the dying breath of a dove
settles in the dust.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stain

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Autumn sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


The mourning dove’s breath,
tumbling from a hidden roost,
stains the eastern sky.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Nap

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Autumn color, Northern Arizona
 

an afternoon nap—
the shape of the old dog’s breath
among autumn leaves

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

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Organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) blossom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Not a breath of wind
ruffles the cactus blossom
at the twilight hour.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Despair

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Morning twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


not a breath of wind
to hasten the sun’s rising—
teacup leaks despair

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Breath

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Palo verde trees, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


A mourning dove’s breath
entangled in the shadows
calls for winter rain.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Breath

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Gnarled ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Winter afternoon—
a mourning dove leaves its breath
tangled in a tree.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Anvil

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The smithy, Cattle Track Arts Compound, Scottsdale, Arizona
 


seven ways of frost—
not even the blacksmith’s breath
warms the anvil’s horn

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Imprint

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Climbing the pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


each step of the way
bearing the fragile imprint
of the pilgrim’s breath

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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