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Evening descends on the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


What word have you heard,
blackbird on the twisted branch,
of evening’s coming?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Word”
 
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Hummingbird Country

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Barrel cactus fruit, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 

We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.
Like tiny creatures
flitting here and sipping there,
we scan the sky.
Storm clouds hang heavy in the west,
where thunder is heard.
Can anything good come from thunder
or the burden that both of us bear?
You compare your pain to mine
to see whose is greater.
You say that the doctor’s poking
and prodding was not proper,
because it stirred up something inside you—
a storm that may destroy you.
But aren’t we stronger than storms?
We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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First Days

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~~ 1 ~~
 
first days of the year—
something that the neighbor heard
still troubling her dreams
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
first days of the year—
weaving infidelity
into her life’s tale
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
first days of the year—
a hidden greenness rising
in the oak branches
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
first day of the year—
for her missing firstborn son
unstoppable tears
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
first day of the year—
wounded bird on the sidewalk
lifting its left wing
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
first days of the year—
in the even-numbered hours,
not the odd, a song
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
first days of the year—
remembering mosquitoes
and her bitten hands
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
first days of the year—
picking at the bullet wound
from six weeks ago
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
first days of the year—
playing more digital games
to forget her pain
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
first day of the year—
a bow to the fat snowflakes
settling on my sleeve

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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