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Sips

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


Arizona heat—
tall saguaros quench their thirst
with sips of water

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

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Day’s end, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 



 
Haiga © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Afternoon

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Brilliant winter day, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


A few passing clouds
muffle a hawk’s piercing scream—
winter afternoon.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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What

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Winter storm clouds gather near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


What word, little bird,
lures the thunderstorm closer
to the parched mountain?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Empty

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An empty campsite, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Little cactus wren,
the table that looks empty
still holds ants for you.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Sign

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A sign beside the road in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Bright day, long road, short shadows…

 
Photo and text © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Settled

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Day’s end, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Little cactus wren,
have you settled for the night
in this lonely place?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Oceans of sand

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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


Oceans and oceans of sand
As far as the eye can see!
Oceans and oceans of sand
From here to eternity!
 
Can you see the waves billow,
And can you hear the waves roar?
Oceans and oceans of sand,
Far from the watery shore!

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Oceans”

Blue Monday: Tattered Garment

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Immigrants crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico often abandon clothing in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


Someone left a garment,
Left in the sand,
As she fled to safety
In a foreign land.
 
The garment’s torn and tattered,
And faded by the sun,
Yet bears the haunting beauty
Of someone on the run.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Countless

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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


Countless grains of desert sand
Shifted in the wind last night.
More grains than you or I could tell
Shifted left, and shifted right.
 
Another windstorm’s coming,
Promising to blow and blow
Until those countless grains of sand
Find another place to go!

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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