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Crow

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 


Autumn afternoon—
on the mountain’s shadow side
a mocking crow hides.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Confusing

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Shadow of a nearby palm tree, not the downspout, on a wall, Yuma, Arizona
 


Wait! That’s not the right shadow!

 
Photo and text © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Indissoluble

Feigning

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Abandoned amphitheatre, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


on his shadow bed
feigning health and heartiness
one of Shakespeare’s kings
 
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Plays past echo in the stones.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Fishing

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Lone sunflower, Northern Arizona
 


Although I don’t fish, I do love sunflowers, and so I am charmed by Richard Wright’s haiku:

 

Like a fishhook,
The sunflower’s long shadow
Hovers in the lake.

 
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In a sea of weeds
a lone sunflower fishes
for its lost shadow.

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tangled

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Apache County, Arizona
 


wilderness meadow
tangled with light and shadow—
birdsong stuns the air

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Under

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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


under the pine tree
a stone the size of a moon
hung with shadow song

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hint

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Agave blossoms, May 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a hint of shadow
on the skin of the mountain—
blossoms stun the air
 
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the living desert at blossom time

 
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Desolation

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


in desert places
no moss in which to bury
even a shadow

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Stories

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, April 2015
 


gathering wisdom
in the shadow of the thorn—
stories no one tells

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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