Dead mullein stalks poke out of the snow in northern New Mexico.
Winter is coming with sleet, ice, and snow;
Herons will shiver and so will the crow.
Rivers of snot will run from kids’ noses—
They won’t be smelling bouquets of roses.
Slippery sidewalks will make old folks fall;
Traffic on freeways will slow to a crawl.
But there are some places winter won’t touch:
India, Panama, Guinea, and such.
To people who live there, southerly folk,
Winter’s privations are merely a joke.
It’s all in your viewpoint, how winter looks.
Remember: Broth spoils with too many cooks.
Poem © 2018 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico
Animas River near Cedar Hill, San Juan County, New Mexico
Near Grants, New Mexico
Blue flower: detail of a decorative wreath for sale in a New Mexico gift shop
El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
Crow in the pine tree,
will you ever stop mocking
what you can’t explain?
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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