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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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Journey

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


We thought we’d take a journey,
We knew not where to go;
We saw a trackless wasteland
With cactuses aglow.
 
We followed Crow’s directions
From dawn to setting sun,
Until our journey ended
Right where it had begun.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blaze

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Autumn sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


After the new moon
a blaze in the eastern sky
startles a white dove.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cover

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


October morning—
a wounded bird takes cover
in a tangled tree.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Shriek

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Autumn sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


With a shriek of fright
a dove rises from her nest
and flees toward the sun.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Blue Monday: Crushed Can

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A discarded beverage can, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


 
Photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Bearable

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


three notes from a dove
making the desolate way
bearable again

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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