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Grace

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Teddy bear (or jumping) cholla cactus near Ajo, Arizona
 


The desert is better than books,
No matter how barren it looks;
There’s grace to be found
In dry, dusty ground,
In spite of the absence of brooks.

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cloudless

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Under cloudless skies,
chollas seem even brighter
than the noonday sun.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Absence”

Point

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


getting the point from a master

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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

Perhaps

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Broken skeleton of a cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Perhaps the next rain
will restore all broken things
one drop at a time.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Rain”

Spines

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Even woodpeckers
know better than to seek bugs
among cholla spines.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Parched

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Cholla cactus, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


parched and barren land
longing for misty showers
to settle the dust

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Misty Showers”
 
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Sticking

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


not even a scream
can dislodge desert shadows—
a fine sticking point

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Scream”
 
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Fruitless

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Seeking shepherd’s purse
in lands of desolation—
fruitless is the task.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Prickly

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A stand of Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


in prickly places
the peace and consolation
of the pilgrim way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Peace”