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Hummingbird Country

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Barrel cactus fruit, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 

We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.
Like tiny creatures
flitting here and sipping there,
we scan the sky.
Storm clouds hang heavy in the west,
where thunder is heard.
Can anything good come from thunder
or the burden that both of us bear?
You compare your pain to mine
to see whose is greater.
You say that the doctor’s poking
and prodding was not proper,
because it stirred up something inside you—
a storm that may destroy you.
But aren’t we stronger than storms?
We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Crumbs

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Saguaro cactus, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Maricopa County, Arizona
 
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
filling my left hand
with seven sticks of incense—
hush of curling smoke
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
how endless crying
leads to an unstable bridge
that no one can cross
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
It is good sometimes
to be the link that’s missing
or an untold tale.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Cheese and bread and wine—
we lift them from the hamper,
pigeons eye the crumbs.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
sipping orange juice
along with their chocolate cake—
the birthday children
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
ending of summer—
even the geese are weary
of halcyon days
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a jagged old fence
snagging wind and rain and clouds—
I slip through the strands
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
We could live like this—
in the middle of nowhere
with bears for neighbors.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
old Kansas farmer
rubbing thumb and forefinger
against misfortune
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
some alphabet soup
sipped from my grandmother’s cup—
autumn abundance
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
showing her brother
the proper way to plant seeds
without wasting one
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
ten thousand apples
ripening in the orchard—
wealth before first frost
 

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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