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Snow on the Pine Boughs

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Pine boughs laden with snow in Apache County, Arizona.
 


Snow on the pine boughs, snow in the air!
Snow on the fox and raven and hare!
Snow in the valley, snow on the hill!
Snow on the rock, the ridge, and the rill!
 
Everywhere, everywhere snow is in sight!
Everything wears a blanket of white!
Nothing escapes the fingers of cold—
Winter is here, the world waxes old.

 
Poem © 2018 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Jump-Rope Rhymes


Whether you divide or add,
Snow’s not green, you silly dad.
 
Breeze beneath the bright blue sky,
Teach me how to multiply.
 
Poppies then and poppies now,
Poppies for my uncle’s cow.
 
If an orange could subtract,
We’d be doomed—now, that’s a fact!
 

 
Couplets © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Weird Little Tales


winter afternoon—
a rich layer of new snow
blanketing the earth
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In weary silence
she gazes into the flames,
seeking an omen.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
nothing fancier
than her cream-colored straw hat
with its pink ribbon
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A wooden clothespin—
she touches it to her tongue
and then to her palms.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Over her shoulder
she tosses a tangerine,
hoping for good luck.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Spiteful old women
hurl curses at their husbands
for small transgressions.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Through a small window
she sees the plural of goose
landing on the pond.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A life for herself—
no more peeling potatoes,
she thinks with a sigh.

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Waiting

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


deepening autumn—
grasses among gold aspens
await the first snow

 
Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Snow

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Dead mullein stalks, poking out of snow, northern New Mexico
 


first rooster crowing—
under a blanket of snow
three brown field mice stir

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Pierced

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Pine tree, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


hidden from all eyes
one snowflake pierced by needles
of the ancient pine

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 

Imagine snow nestling among the needles.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Unperturbed

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Dead mullein stalks, poking out of snow, northern New Mexico
 


First rooster crowing—
a snowy mountain meadow
remains unperturbed.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Family

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El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico
 


loving family
even on snow-covered paths
no faltering steps

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Blossoms

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Our Lady of LaVang, El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico
 


Shrugging off the snow,
a Lady coaxes blossoms
from her hands and feet.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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