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Birds, Songs, and Longings

As we near the lake,
geese arc over the water,
honking a greeting.
Settling on her nest
at the water’s edge, a duck
keeps her egg clutch warm.
Rippling mountain stream,
who composed the song you sing?
Surely not the crow!
Drifting and gliding
over the ocean’s surface,
seagulls hunt for fish.
Midwinter longing—
if I had wings like a dove,
I’d fly far away.


Haiku © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher


Blue Monday: At the Lake

A bright-blue autumn sky is reflected in a lake in Inyo National Forest, California.

Photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Upper Lake Mary, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

If not the pine tree,
then perhaps the mountain lake
will teach me a song.

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Lone sunflower, Northern Arizona

Although I don’t fish, I do love sunflowers, and so I am charmed by Richard Wright’s haiku:


Like a fishhook,
The sunflower’s long shadow
Hovers in the lake.

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In a sea of weeds
a lone sunflower fishes
for its lost shadow.

Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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wolves on the lake shore
snapping at the morning mist—
a frightened loon shrieks

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Southard’s ‘The Cry of a Loon'”