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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona

First week of autumn—
the dowdy old sunflowers
put on their last show.

Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Take a word or two

Beavertail cactus blossom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

Take a word or two—
mingle, calendar, or burning will do.
Splash them on a page,
or hang them with rope
from a branch
like lumps of suet
to feed the hungry jays.
All words woven by your hands
become poems, my daughter,
and yours will be the first weaving
to awaken daffodils
from their winter sleep.
Even the jays
will be amazed.


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Macro Monday 2
More Sunday’s Whirligig #109
More Poetry Pantry #351 at Poets United


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Metal sculpture, Cattle Track Arts Compound, Scottsdale, Arizona

first days of the year—
visiting the sculptor’s house
for the seventh time

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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First blossoms on an ironwood tree, March 2015, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

swept up together
first blossoms on the ironwood
and the bright blue sky

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
For my inspiration, I have used this haiku by Santoka Taneda:
dew and
fallen leaves
swept up together
More Blue Monday
More Macro Monday 2
More SkyWatch Friday
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
More Carpe Diem: “Inspired by Santoka Taneda”


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Sundown on a chilly January day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

first month of the year
savoring soup at sundown
to ward off the chill

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More SkyWatch Friday
More Carpe Diem: “Zooni (a New Year’s vegetable soup)”



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This week’s Sunday Whirl words: scarlet, first, struck, pair, expect, sky, save, caress, bit, spare, might, behind

~~ 1 ~~
scarlet rebozo
draped around her thin shoulders
keeping in the chill
~~ 2 ~~
first prune the plum tree
the grapes will wait till Wednesday—
the cellist knows why
~~ 3 ~~
struck by lightning bolts
the mausoleum in ruins
plumes of marble dust
~~ 4 ~~
pair of dead man’s shoes
stuffed with twenty-dollar bills
cradling baby mice
~~ 5 ~~
expect the raven
to guide you to your true home
hapless wanderer
~~ 6 ~~
sky rolls and tumbles
the fist of a thunderstorm
punching the prairie
~~ 7 ~~
save another’s dreams
stuffing them in your pocket
with lint and spare change
~~ 8 ~~
caress the old cat
until she purrs with pleasure
one more smoky night
~~ 9 ~~
bit, bridle and rein—
after an early breakfast
the journey begins
~~ 10 ~~
might stories unfold
from unexpected sources
Scheherazade knows
~~ 11 ~~
spare bedroom
hosting guests tonight
three beggars
~~ 12 ~~
behind the old doors
the gentle susurrations
of travelers’ dreams

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Panry #183
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 142