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A palm tree near the duck pond, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 
 

The palms,
filled with songbirds,
bow low to the earth.
Butterflies ravage
the carcass of a fox.
A farmer,
dazzled by his tomatoes,
flows in and out
of the here and now,
munching something
hallucinogenic.
The end is near,
and all the players know it.
Press One for English.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #127
   
More Poetry Pantry #369 at Poets United

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Faith

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Winter sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the farmer’s children—
putting their faith in his hands,
the hands that plant dreams

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Faith”

Hardscrabble

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Rusting gate on an abandoned irrigation ditch, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

hardscrabble farmer
disturbed by dreams of water
no longer flowing

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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'”

Longing

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Kentucky farmer
longing to plant an orchard
in the wilderness

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Orchard”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Melting

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Irrigation canal at sunset, Southern Arizona
 


melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright


inland a weary farmer
stumbles along the canal

*Opening gambit © by Jane Reichhold
 
Final two lines and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
 
More Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge: “Into the Sea”

Mice

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Under chestnut leaves
field mice hide with pounding hearts
till the farmer’s gone.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Chestnuts”