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Birds, Songs, and Longings


1.
As we near the lake,
geese arc over the water,
honking a greeting.
 
 
2.
Settling on her nest
at the water’s edge, a duck
keeps her egg clutch warm.
 
 
3.
Rippling mountain stream,
who composed the song you sing?
Surely not the crow!
 
 
4.
Drifting and gliding
over the ocean’s surface,
seagulls hunt for fish.
 
 
5.
Midwinter longing—
if I had wings like a dove,
I’d fly far away.

 

Haiku © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 

Six for Sunday


Two blue butterflies
anoint my garden with peace—
sunny afternoon.
 
 
tender stalks of corn
pushing toward the morning sun—
feast for hungry crows
 
 
The longer I sing,
the more this daunting mountain
dwindles to a speck.
 
 
I slide on wet leaves
and my pathway disappears—
autumn’s first mishap.
 
 
On a moonless night
I sink down before the stars,
wounded by their light.
 
 
November evening—
a dove returns to her nest,
cooing one last song.

 
 

Haiku © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Nest

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Little creatures make their homes among the ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona.
 


Hidden in the stones,
a nest of weeds and grasses
keeps a sparrow safe.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Visions

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Late afternoon in the Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Visions of evening—
a dove returns to her nest,
cooing one last song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Song

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Late winter sunset, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Wilderness evening—
a dove returns to her nest,
cooing one last song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Which

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Two saguaro cacti tower over wildflowers during the spring 2017 “super bloom” at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Noisy cactus wren,
which saguaro will you choose
for a nesting place?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wren

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A tree with broken branches near the shores of Willow Lake, Prescott, Arizona
 


Can the shattered tree,
wren who seeks a nesting place,
hold your featherweight?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Crow

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Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


Through the cloudless sky
a crow forges a new path
to its nest of twigs.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Clinging

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Ironwood tree with bird’s nest at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

last year’s fragile nest
still clinging to the branches—
a hundred windstorms

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Chopping

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Aftermath of the 2013 flood, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
 


chopping winter wood
careless axeman strikes a stone
sparks nest in his beard

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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