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Wealth

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A wealth of autumn colors, Coconino County, Arizona
 


 
Photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Songs

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A dry wash in Apache County, Arizona

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of songs coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, I hear the songs of sky and star and stone. The songs of weeds and wind and wild things. The songs of crow and cricket and cottonwood. All these songs come from the high desert, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore them.
 
I hear them as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear them while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear them while I am grading papers.
 
At day’s end, I slip into comfortable clothing and walk into the nearby wilderness. The stones and weeds and dust greet me with rejoicing. They knew I would come.

 

a cricket chirrups
three stones confer with the wind—
my house is too small

 
Revised haibun © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Reading

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Cottonwood leaf, Northern Arizona
 


autumn afternoon—
reading to a dying man
by the waning light

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Conversation

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Cottonwood leaf in autumn, Apache County, Arizona
 


the cottonwood leaves—
their conversation turning
toward the midnight frost

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Cottonwoods

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An old cottonwood tree, framing the Animas River, Aztec, New Mexico
 


at the river’s edge
not the slightest breeze riffling
the cottonwood leaves

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Content

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Animas River, Aztec, New Mexico
 


at the river’s edge
how content the cottonwood
to gather shadows

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Refrain

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Woods near Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
 
ghosts of the ancients
cast their towering shadows
on the holy ground*


a crow in the cottonwood
rasping a ragged refrain

*Opening gambit by Patricia of High Five and Raspberries
 
Final two lines © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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