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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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Old fruit boxes, Southern Arizona

shaping a poem
to fit inside a fruit box—
essence of apples


Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Diary Entry

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O my little pumpkin-head,
How you thrilled me when you said,
“Bring me milk and bring me dirt—
I will teach you how to flirt.
All night long we’ll play at love,
While the wheeling stars above
Shape and shape anew our dream:
To have love our only theme.
Neither brick nor bird nor car
Will outshine that dazzling star,
Star that guides our hands and feet
In the ways that lovers meet.”
O my little pumpkin-head,
I’m still thrilled, though you are dead.


Poem © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California

his phone camera
capturing the sands before
they shape-shift again

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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A dead palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

palo verde tree
bent in the shape of a bow—
arrow loosed at dawn

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

canvas of the sky
brushed with clouds and withered leaves—
the shape of twilight

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howling at daybreak
pack of restless coyotes
slouching toward the sun

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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