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Autumn afternoon—
a shaman with sagging breasts
consults the oak trees.
Freight trains rumble by
before and after midnight—
I lose hours of sleep.
Why would I follow
an overcrowded pathway
when the margins call?
ten dozen swallows
swooping over the rooftops—
antics at twilight
I draw close to you,
but you turn your back to me—
autumn solitude.
Autumn afternoon—
how can I prune the roses
with dull secateurs?

Haiku © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Abandoned irrigation ditch at dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

I follow the fading light home.

Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado

Even in autumn
raven follows the river
as far as the sea.

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

a path to somewhere
snaking through the barren waste—
to follow or not

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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