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Crow

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El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
 


Crow in the pine tree,
will you ever stop mocking
what you can’t explain?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Crow

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Ajo, Arizona
 


Summer afternoon—
a crow in the tallest palm
jeers at passersby.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Caw

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Barrel cactus made plump by winter rains in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


On the sharpest spine
of an old barrel cactus
a crow leaves its caw.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Faraway

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In the foreground, an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


wilderness morning—
how the faraway mountains
tug at the crow’s wings

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Crow

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Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


Through the cloudless sky
a crow forges a new path
to its nest of twigs.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mountains

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A mountain range at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona
 


a new day breaking
over the distant mountains—
one crow tells the tale

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Snow

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Dead mullein stalks, poking out of snow, northern New Mexico
 


first rooster crowing—
under a blanket of snow
three brown field mice stir

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Clumsy Attempts

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~~ 1 ~~
 
wide-awake children
in refugee settlements
whirling at midnight
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in the poppy field
no sign of holy water—
pilgrim pushes on
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Why begrudge the stone
underneath the forest pine
its endless silence?
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
her shouts of anger
pulling him out of his dreams
Sunday afternoon
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a spider
bereft of its web
in mourning
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
molecules of dust
settling in the dead man’s eyes
open and staring
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
how from the crow’s tongue
seven shrill alarms clang out
over the cornfield
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
how the youngest child
fearing the sting of the wasp
runs from the meadow
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
sunny afternoon
in the middle of winter—
ten thousand questions
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
her clumsy attempts
to make sense out of nonsense—
the latest shooting

 
Haiku © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Beyond

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Early September, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


beyond the mountains
maybe fifty miles or more
oak the crow calls home

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Branches

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A Southern California oak grove
 


A wandering crow
settles among oak branches—
three caws to the wind.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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