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Blue Monday

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Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


reaching for blue sky—
a stand of golden aspens
near the mountaintop

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

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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Sky

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Through the leafless branches of an Indigo Bush, the Sonoran Desert sky in southern Arizona shows traces of deep blue.
 


first week of the year—
a glimpse through barren branches
of a fertile sky

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cooling

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Autumn starts to show some color, even as a storm is brewing, Coconino County, Arizona
 

autumn afternoon—
the cooling conversation
between earth and sky

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Songs

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A dry wash in Apache County, Arizona

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of songs coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, I hear the songs of sky and star and stone. The songs of weeds and wind and wild things. The songs of crow and cricket and cottonwood. All these songs come from the high desert, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore them.
 
I hear them as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear them while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear them 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.

 

a cricket chirrups
three stones confer with the wind—
my house is too small

 
Revised haibun © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Backyard

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San Juan County, New Mexico
 


in my friend’s backyard
no purple blooms or gold ones
reaching toward the sky

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Courtyard

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Skyward view from a courtyard, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


From a hidden court,
the bridal party’s laughter
rises to the sky.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Crow

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Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


Through the cloudless sky
a crow forges a new path
to its nest of twigs.

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

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An abandoned amphitheatre, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


summer afternoon—
looking past crumbling stone walls
to a bright blue sky

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Banderas

Blue banderas
 
Banderas festoon a street, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


welcoming morning
with a thousand banderas
caressing the sky

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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