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Anything Is Possible: A Haibun


If I could touch the sound of a dove with my fingertips, I would. But my hopes are dashed; the little songster flees as I draw near. The dove calls again. Surely this time! Stealthily I move forward, but a dry leaf crackles underfoot. Hush now, I say to myself, you’re making too much noise; surely she hears you. But, no, there on a branch of the plum is the dove, and there is her song, pouring from her beak like a silver waterfall. Slowly, ever so slowly, I approach, I reach, I touch the sparkling notes. The dove does not stir, though she knows full well what I’m doing. You doubt my story? In the Age of Donald Trump, anything is possible.

An old Buddhist monk,
who never tells me his name,
visits me in dreams.

 
  

Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shady Place

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Afternoon shadows settle in a drainage ditch in Yuma, Arizona.
  


In a shady place
I stop to rest and listen—
a mourning dove sings.

  
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sizzling

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A summer day begins, Yuma County, Arizona.
 


Sizzling summer day—
the white dove will keep singing,
though humans grumble.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Dying

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Shadows lengthen at day’s end, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Wilderness evening—
the breath of a dying dove
settles in the dust.

  
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cooing

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Palo verde tree in bloom at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


among the blossoms
a hidden dove starts cooing—
distant mountains quake

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Visions

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Late afternoon in the Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Visions of evening—
a dove returns to her nest,
cooing one last song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Song

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Late winter sunset, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Wilderness evening—
a dove returns to her nest,
cooing one last song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Stain

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Winter afternoon—
the mournful song of a dove
stains the barren hills.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hiding

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Winter afternoon—
a desert dove in hiding
pipes a mournful song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Lullaby

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December sunset, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Days before Christmas
a dove sings a lullaby
to the setting sun.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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