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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus fremontii), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Between leaf and twig
there can be no compromise—
each plays its own part.

 
Poem © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Compromise”

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Birth

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


birth of a new day—
tiny celebration songs
in each twig and leaf

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Birthdays”

Reading

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Cottonwood leaf, Northern Arizona
 


autumn afternoon—
reading to a dying man
by the waning light

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Skirling

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Fallen leaf, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 


I have attempted to “revise” this charming haiku by Basho:

 

Won’t you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree.

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


in a single leaf
little airs of loneliness
skirling in the light

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “My Favorite Haiku by Basho”

Seasons

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Melange of autumn leaves near the banks of Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
 


among the brown ones
a single red maple leaf—
autumn’s tattered texts
in the middle of a book
that the author never ends

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem Perpetuum Mobile #1

Shoe Tree

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Tree hung with shoes near the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


For the roadside tree
bereft of leaf and blossom,
spring can’t come too soon.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Inspired by Richard Wright”

Shrine

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Remains of a dead Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


stripped of every leaf
willow in the wilderness—
desolation’s shrine

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Shiki’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Cry'”

Harvest

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Lost feather, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 
morning shimmer
dew frosting on furze
a single leaf falls*


remnant of a hawk harvest
litters the wilderness path

*Haiku by Björn Rudberg
 
Final two lines and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Carpe Diem Tan Renga: “By the Garden Path”

Blackbird

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve, Pala, California
 


blackbird contemplates
brittle grass and browning leaf—
autumn drawing near

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Autumn Near”