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Song

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A weathered statue of the Virgin Mary, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


Just before Christmas
a blackbird in the graveyard
sings a brand-new song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Bittersweet

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Mourning dove, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


Deepening autumn—
the grey dove’s bittersweet song
settles on a stone.

 
Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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A song rising


A song rising from the wheat stubble
makes air and light and worm take note.
 
The iron door of the silo clangs
in time with the music.
 
By order of an unseen conductor
the song on which your life and
mine hinge will never be over—
it goes on forever.
 
It blows in the wind,
it floats in the water,
it glows in the stars.
Forever.
Amen.

 

Poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Kick the Song

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Fishing boat, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

 
 

Kick the song ahead of you,
kick it into the mist and spume,
even though you are shaking,
and three women spinning yarn
are laughing at you.
Kick the song of ruin,
kick it over the boat
where the grey-headed vagrant
slips into sleep
under the spell of opioids.
Kick the song out of the way,
so that no one ever hears it again.
Do not be afraid.
Kick.
Kick.
Kick.

 

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Daybreak

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A gravel road at sunrise, Yuma County, Arizona
 


On a country road
a dove begins at daybreak
to sing a new song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Flood

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August sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Lonesome little dove,
you flood the desert with song
morning by morning.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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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