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Piping

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


a dove keeps piping
beyond the distant mountains
endless notes of joy

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Benediction

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Daybreak, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


The benediction of early morning shadows…

 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Moment

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


At any moment
a mourning dove may alight
on the leafless tree.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Warriors

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Two saguaro cacti seem to be battling each other at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Sometimes in this world you see things that are strange.
I once saw two cactuses out on the range,
And swear they were punching out each other’s lights—
It was one of those weird and wonderful sights.
 
I wonder if that’s the way things go on Earth:
Contentions beginning the moment of birth.
Does anyone think that all warring will cease,
So all of Earth’s creatures can revel in peace?

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

War

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Cholla cactus blossoms at daybreak, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


You’d think that a cactus would welcome the light.
Instead, it was fighting with all of its might
The vanishing darkness, the lengthening day—
How strange was the battle I saw by the way!
 
The battle continues, or so I am told;
The stones and the sands repeat stories of old.
The warring goes on between darkness and light,
With cactuses getting caught up in the fight.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cholla

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Cholla cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Little cactus wren,
your nest in the tall cholla
blew away last night!

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 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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Blush

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Ocotillo blossoms during the spring 2017 “super bloom” at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Little cactus wren,
the ocotillo blossoms
blush to hear you sing.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Fresh

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Daybreak at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


The smokers are still sleeping,
All snug within their tents.
The air is fresh and lovely,
Despite the world’s events.
 
But with the exhalation
Of morning’s first white smoke,
Creatures near the cigarettes
Will writhe and gag and choke.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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The cactuses will thank you

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


The cactuses will thank you,
The sage will do the same,
If you promise not to smoke,
Or threaten them with flame.
 
For even though their needles
Could clearly run you through,
Cacti can’t survive a fire,
And neither, friend, can you!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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