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Pathways

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


Ten thousand pathways
winding through the wilderness—
which one should I take?

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Broken

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A dead saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Southern Arizona.
 


Broken saguaro,
how long will you keep standing
before I break too?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Crumbs

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Saguaro cactus, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Maricopa County, Arizona
 
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
filling my left hand
with seven sticks of incense—
hush of curling smoke
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
how endless crying
leads to an unstable bridge
that no one can cross
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
It is good sometimes
to be the link that’s missing
or an untold tale.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Cheese and bread and wine—
we lift them from the hamper,
pigeons eye the crumbs.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
sipping orange juice
along with their chocolate cake—
the birthday children
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
ending of summer—
even the geese are weary
of halcyon days
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a jagged old fence
snagging wind and rain and clouds—
I slip through the strands
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
We could live like this—
in the middle of nowhere
with bears for neighbors.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
old Kansas farmer
rubbing thumb and forefinger
against misfortune
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
some alphabet soup
sipped from my grandmother’s cup—
autumn abundance
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
showing her brother
the proper way to plant seeds
without wasting one
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
ten thousand apples
ripening in the orchard—
wealth before first frost
 

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Faraway

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In the foreground, an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


wilderness morning—
how the faraway mountains
tug at the crow’s wings

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Shattered

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In the foreground, a dead saguaro cactus; in the background, a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Even shattered things
still cradle wondrous music
deep within their bones.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Song

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Palo verde trees, growing beside a Maricopa County wash, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in all living things
the song of a single word
thrumming day and night

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Brushed

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A palo verde tree, growing beside a Maricopa County wash, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Brushed by passing clouds,
the palo verde’s tresses
still remain unkempt.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Winding

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


Crooked little paths
winding through the wilderness—
which one should I take?

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Distant

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Shattered and desiccated remains of a saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


tortured by the sun
things twisted and forgotten—
distant is the plum

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Weaver

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


nothing but cacti
featured in the rug’s design—
weaver’s little joke

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher