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Whimsies

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Dry grasses, Northern Arizona
 
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
Abundant whimsy
fills the Delhi beggar’s face,
emptying her bowl.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
at his steely core
nothing but admiration
for the brutal ones
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
a badass dolphin
out to impress the ladies—
they all swim away
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a murderous whale—
the one that took down Ahab
still roaming the seas
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the prairie’s expanse
constricted by last night’s rain
into a puddle
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
only a concept—
the sound of a tree crashing
when no one’s around
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
learning how to spell
by scrawling lines with a stick—
children of the dunes
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
singing of small things
things that can’t even be seen
without microscopes
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
offering herself
to the wind and rain and sun—
maid for all seasons

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Singing

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One of many ruins at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


ancient ones
singing up the sun
one more time

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Rooster

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Rooster painted in acrylics by Havre, Montana artist Mary Nault at a recent outdoor event in Yuma, Arizona
 


a small church choir—
even the tenors welcome
the rooster’s singing

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Singing

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Pedestrians on a semi-shady street, Guanajuato, México
 


afternoon retreat
from sunlight into shadow
singing to the stones

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Preparing

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Apache County, Northern Arizona
 


pilgrims preparing
for a wilderness journey
singing with the stone

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Beginning

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, Mexico
 


In the beginning,
before a word was whispered,
waters were singing.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Thornbush

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus fremontii), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

indigo blossom
still singing in the thornbush
lonely little bird

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Ironwood

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Ironwood tree as afternoon shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 


ironwood
singing down the sun
one more time

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Singing

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, it comes from sky and star and stone. It comes from weeds and wind and wild things. It comes from crow and cricket and cottonwood. It is the singing of the Sonoran Desert, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore it.
 
I hear it as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear it while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear it while I am grading papers.
 
At day’s end, I slip into comfortable clothing and walk into the nearby wilderness. The stones and weeds and dust greet me with rejoicing. They knew I would come.

 

three crickets chirping
stones conferring with the wind
my house is too small

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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