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The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona.
 


a cleft in the wall—
the smoke from midday cookfires
seeps into the stones

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

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A red leaf among pine debris, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


On the forest floor
even hidden spaces hold
both darkness and light.

 
Photo and haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cover

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On the shore of Upper Lake Mary, Coconino National Forest, Arizona
 


autumn cloud cover—
ten thousand hidden creatures
cower in the woods

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Quiet

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On the shore of Upper Lake Mary, Coconino National Forest, Arizona
 


A quiet place to compose poetry…

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Watching

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Upper Lake Mary, Coconino National Forest, Arizona
 


Under the pine, someone is watching.

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Nap

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Autumn color, Northern Arizona
 

an afternoon nap—
the shape of the old dog’s breath
among autumn leaves

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Searching

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Dried and battered wildflowers, Northern Arizona

 
As I shuffle through the arroyo, I keep dropping to my knees. An onlooker might mistake me for a pilgrim making my way to Lourdes. But the healing I seek cannot be found at some distant holy shrine. It is here in the dust at my feet: cedar twigs snapped off by storms; summer’s leftover flowers; small stones trying in vain to fatten themselves on wisps of winter sun.
 
I aim my camera at a clump of wasted wildflowers, remembering words from a letter written long ago: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…” (1 Corinthians 1:28, RSV).
 
Low and despised is nature’s detritus in the arroyo, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.

 


I kneel in the dust,
searching for underground streams—
three crows bear witness.

 
Revised haibun © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Overnight

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Autumn begins to color deciduous trees in Coconino National Forest, Northern Arizona
 


Did these fall colors appear overnight?

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Quaking

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Cottonwood leaf in autumn, Apache County, Arizona
 


Quaking conversations held by autumn leaves…

 
Text © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Daylight

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Wayside wildflower, Northern Arizona
 


essence of daylight
nestled in fragile petals
and serrated leaves

 
 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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