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Matins

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Palo verde tree just before sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


wilderness matins—
a new song spills from your beak,
little desert dove

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Barren

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


these barren branches—
even the dove fat with song
refuses to sing

 
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Song

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


They tell the story
of how, on distant mountains,
one dove left her song.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Rail

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Abandoned railroad tracks, Ajo, Arizona
  


Winter afternoon—
a dove lays down her last song
on a rusting rail.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Song

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A winter day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Winter afternoon—
a dove leaves its mournful song
on a frozen branch.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Where

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Wixáritari woman on Cerro de la Bufa, Zacatecas, México
 


Where, O where, has my little boy gone?
Where, O where, can he be?
I’ve looked for him high, I’ve looked for him low,
I’ve looked for him up in a tree!
 
The moment I find him, what should I do?
(I fear the search will be long.)
The thing every other mother would do:
Love him and sing him a song.

 
Poem © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Song

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A fallen aspen tree, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest, Arizona
 

autumn afternoon—
even the shattered aspen
releases a song

 
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Song

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Upper Lake Mary, Coconino National Forest, Arizona
 

If not the pine tree,
then perhaps the mountain lake
will teach me a song.

 
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Singing

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Organ pipe cactus blossom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


singing in wonder
before the cream-white blossom—
one dove joins my song

 
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Song

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Palo verde trees, growing beside a Maricopa County wash, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in all living things
the song of a single word
thrumming day and night

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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