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Praise


 


Crickets chime your praise,
mower that no longer zings,
scissoring the grass.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Singing

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, it comes from sky and star and stone. It comes from weeds and wind and wild things. It comes from crow and cricket and cottonwood. It is the singing of the Sonoran Desert, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore it.
 
I hear it as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear it while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear it 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.

 

three crickets chirping
stones conferring with the wind
my house is too small

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lull

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Southern Arizona
 


just before sundown
a lull in conversation—
crickets fill the gaps

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Shortest Night

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California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) at sundown
 


on the shortest night
ten thousand restless crickets—
buckwheat blossom sighs

 
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Minaret

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holy holy holy
even the crickets
sing praises

 

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