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Macro Monday 2: Poppy

A single California poppy brightens its surroundings.
Photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Clumsy Attempts

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~~ 1 ~~
wide-awake children
in refugee settlements
whirling at midnight
~~ 2 ~~
in the poppy field
no sign of holy water—
pilgrim pushes on
~~ 3 ~~
Why begrudge the stone
underneath the forest pine
its endless silence?
~~ 4 ~~
her shouts of anger
pulling him out of his dreams
Sunday afternoon
~~ 5 ~~
a spider
bereft of its web
in mourning
~~ 6 ~~
molecules of dust
settling in the dead man’s eyes
open and staring
~~ 7 ~~
how from the crow’s tongue
seven shrill alarms clang out
over the cornfield
~~ 8 ~~
how the youngest child
fearing the sting of the wasp
runs from the meadow
~~ 9 ~~
sunny afternoon
in the middle of winter—
ten thousand questions
~~ 10 ~~
her clumsy attempts
to make sense out of nonsense—
the latest shooting

Haiku © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) in September, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona


To know a place you have to walk it again and again. Slowly. Eyes open. Expectantly. I walk the wilderness daily. Even on the same paths and in the same places there is always something new. I know where to find the ironwood tree and the indigo bush. I know where a young saguaro shelters in the shadows of its nurse tree, a palo verde. And I know where the prickly poppies grow, blooming in snowy profusion in April and May. As the desert days become hotter and hotter, the flowers go to seed. September is not a prickly poppy month. Yet something draws me to the place where I saw them in the spring. A single white blossom clings to one spiny, bedraggled stalk. I fall to my knees before this wonder, weeping for joy at my good fortune.

on poppy petals
darkness arranges itself
for a midday snooze

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

empty sky
filled with one poppy
for an hour

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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