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When droughts become severe, Arizona cottonwoods drop their leaves prematurely.
 


Dove of the desert,
how can a small dying leaf
hold your lively song?

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Endless

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Southern California
 


endless months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Quiddities

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
carry-on luggage
one bag black, the other beige
bulging with tchotchkes
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Without a ticket,
she will not fly this evening—
travel drought begins.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
going the wrong way—
imagine her great surprise
slamming into oaks
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
leper colony—
warblers among the branches
serenade the sick
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
In another room
a woman with open arms
welcomes motes of dust.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
between the pages
aiming to find the answers
to unasked questions
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lighting thin candles
in honor of the feeders
that snatch up small seeds

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #51

Lament

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song—
dreams of rainwater settling
in the shadows of the rock
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
How long until the rainy season?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Rainy Season”

Drought

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
shimmering heat waves
rising in the wilderness—
spirits cry as gulls
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
just before sundown
scanning the sky for rainclouds—
even foxes pant

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Waves, Seagulls, Sundown”

Counting

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Melon blossom, Southern California
 


the melon farmer
counting blossoms one by one
in this year of drought

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Growing Melons'”

Drought

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


how a cholla thrives
where the boneset blossom dies—
centuries of drought

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Boneset”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Drought

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At her open door
a pale and anxious farmer
scans the sky for rain.
 
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hungry grasshoppers
devoted to devouring
every leaf in sight
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
seven scrawny cows
stumbling to the riverbed
parched and mottled tongues

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Anxious, Devoted, Scrawny”

Fortitude

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Southern California
 


twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fortitude”