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A Voice in the Night

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Winter sunset, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


She lifted her voice against the sun,
Cursing because the daylight was done.
 
The coming of night would make her feel blue,
For none of her dreams would ever come true.
 
She pillowed her head and turned off the light,
Preparing to face the terrors of night,
 
But then came a voice, a voice not her own,
Whispering things from the past she had known:
 
You are the daughter of wisdom and light,
The child of mercy and goodness and right.

 
Be not afraid of the terrors ahead.
Lie down and sleep, child, for safe is your bed.

 
Over her heart washed a wave of relief,
The voice in the night assuaging her grief.

 
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Heard

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Evening descends on the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


What word have you heard,
blackbird on the twisted branch,
of evening’s coming?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Hiding

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Winter afternoon—
a desert dove in hiding
pipes a mournful song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Perhaps

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Perhaps a blackbird
has enough strength in its wings
to bring back the clouds.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Birdsong

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Palo verde tree,
Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


winter afternoon—
a nearly empty sky fills
with sudden birdsong

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Threads

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


On a chilly day
a crow threads its raucous song
in and out the clouds.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cloudless

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


On a cloudless day
not even crows fill the void
with their raucous songs.

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Complicated

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Ocotillo blossoms, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Shadow, bloom, and thorn—
how complicated the soul
of the wilderness!

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Lullaby

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December sunset, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Days before Christmas
a dove sings a lullaby
to the setting sun.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Saintly Tree

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Autumn sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


A saintly old tree in the desert
Was waiting for morning light,
When suddenly seventeen blackbirds
Passed by in a frenzied flight.
 
The saintly tree shook, and it trembled,
Then gathered its wits, and said,
“O blackbirds, pray, what is the reason
For hurrying in such dread?”
 
The saintly tree heard a faint answer
As the birds flew out of sight:
“We fear the bright rays of the morning,
So we are seeking the night.”
 
The saintly tree seemed to nod sagely,
Though rooted in barren waste,
As if understanding completely,
The reason for the birds’ haste.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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