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Blue Monday: Desert Family

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Detail from a mosaic on a community wall, Ajo, Arizona
 


We’re a desert family,
We know the ways of stones,
Cactus wrens and rattlesnakes—
The desert’s in our bones.
 
To snatch us from the desert
Would make our poor hearts ache,
For desert-dwellers cannot thrive
Beside an azure lake.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetry Pantry #362 at Poets United
 
 

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The Dance

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Dandelion, Apache County, Arizona
 

Noon.
A stone by the road
sets the scene
for the dance.
Farther down the road
a man without elbows
plays a flute
with his feet,
panting out wild notes,
and the desert,
which has waited
since it was created,
begins to stir.
Could anything
be harder
than shrugging off the eons
to shimmy in the sun?

 

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Light

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A Yuma County, Arizona home still glows with Christmas lights in 2017.
 


Though Christmas is past,
light still shines in the darkness
of a desert night.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Desolation

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


in desert places
no moss in which to bury
even a shadow

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Remembering

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River stone, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


in a desert land
stones from rivers far away
muttering dark tales
 
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
 
fingering these stones
remembering the builders
and the destroyers

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Skulking

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


mysterious shadows skulking through the desert

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sizzling

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Saguaro cacti, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Arizona
 


desert afternoon
not even thin mist falling
sizzling is the way
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Even the cactus shadows are sweating!

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

Fallen

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Blossoms fallen from an Indigo Bush, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


some fallen blossoms
littering the desert sands—
that is all there is

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Noonday

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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Arizona
 


eight hours till moonlight
to quell the desert’s trembling
from the noonday heat

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Staining

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Fallen chuparosa (Beloperone californica) blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Staining the desert—
what shall I call the blossom
that bleeds out its name?

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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