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Santa Fe National Cemetery, New Mexico

in a barren field
row upon row of headstones—
the ploughman ploughs deep

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Wild asters, Apache County, Arizona

autumn afternoon—
the tricks my eyes play on me
in the aster field

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Yucca transitioning from blossom to seedpod, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona

plump seedpod
cradling next summer
in secret
gossip bees whisper
in the blossom fields

Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Rice Field

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part of a rice field—
in an intimate corner
two women undress
~~ ~~ ~~
the naked women
in one patch of the rice field—
unsatisfied thirst
~~ ~~ ~~
jagged rice stubble—
no place for their lovemaking
in the harvest field

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Dawn, Gila Mtns.
Subtle early morning shadows steal across agricultural land, Yuma County, Arizona

on little mice feet
morning skitters through the field
too early for crows
~~ ~~ ~~

Can a mouse move without skittering?

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Melon blossom, Southern California

in the melon field
a shifting world of darkness
underneath the vines

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Variations on ‘Caged Bird’

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Each little poem-breath begins with a phrase purloined from Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird.” Maya Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

~~ 1 ~~
On the grave of dreams
place a thousand paving stones—
let no wraiths escape.
~~ 2 ~~
the fat worms waiting
as the tractor keeps plowing—
hundred-acre field
~~ 3 ~~
on the distant hill
a fireworks launch at bedtime
children ooh and ah
~~ 4 ~~
the back of the wind
carrying a pungent scent
through my open door
~~ 5 ~~
with a fearful trill
and flapping of sturdy wings
cormorant nabs fish
~~ 6 ~~
Through the sighing trees
a lean and fluid roebuck
flees the hunter’s bow.
~~ 7 ~~
Till the current ends,
I have no need to propel
my raft with a pole.
~~ 8 ~~
He opens his throat,
spilling out jovial notes,
gracing all who hear.
~~ 9 ~~
Through his bars of rage
he glimpses freedom’s terrain—
one breath out of reach.
~~ 10 ~~
In the orange sun
seven crows chase each other,
crying raucously.
~~ 11 ~~
of another breeze
piping countless melodies—
why the caged bird sings

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

The field to the north
is filled only with cacti
and one red blossom.

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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No Tarot

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Wildflowers along the Santa Margarita River Trail, Fallbrook, California
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
(Matthew 6:28-30, King James Version)

Flowers of the field
know nothing of Tarot cards,
yet the Lord provides.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Soon-to-be-irrigated cropland, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

Waiting for the plow,
a fallow field gathers strength
for nourishing seed.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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