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Though Summer Is Coming

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Great horned owl, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Though summer is coming, it isn’t quite here;
Orion and Hercules burn bright and clear
In skies that are frigid and velvet and deep,
While work-weary humans drift off into sleep.
 
An owl in the desert stands guard near her nest—
To keep her foes wary, she puffs out her chest.
When summertime finally comes with fierce heat,
Both winter and spring will go down in defeat.

 
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Summer”

Daybreak

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Saguaro cacti at daybreak on a spring morning, Pinal County, Arizona
 


just after daybreak
waiting for the cactus wren
to sing a new song

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Gloomy Day


A gloomy winter day,
a day for looking forward
to the promise of spring
when everything
(yes, even stones)
begins to soften
and flowers give off
an achingly wonderful fragrance.
She can smell them already—
grape hyacinths, daffodils and tulips—
or is that the dish detergent?
Suddenly a cargo truck roars by
in the street outside her window,
jolting her out of her reverie.
“How easy to act the fool,”
she murmurs to her cat,
then scrubs the crust
from her only plate.

 

Poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Savage Tales

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Seedpod of the nightshade, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
a runty spring lamb
falls prey to two hungry wolves—
the blood-spattered snow
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
pressed close together
two siblings tremble with fear—
first storm of winter
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
bitter winter’s night—
she prowls about the hallways
unable to sleep
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
night-blooming jasmine—
inhaling the haunting scent
as we sip our tea
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
winter afternoon—
the first snowflakes remind her
of life’s brevity

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Insectivores and Such

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Thistle in bloom, Yavapai County, Arizona

 
 

Good morning, dear insectivore,
Are you looking for your lunch?
Crickets, gnats and flies to crunch?
There are tasty ones, I’ve heard, down in Ecuador!
 
Good day to you, dear carnivore,
Will you gobble down the lamb,
Or content yourself with Spam
Eaten with a silver spoon from the oaken floor?
 
Best of times, dear herbivore!
All the plants you suck and chew
Surely will bring luck to you—
Lettuces and succulents, growing near the door!
 
And you, my dearest omnivore,
Surely you crave anything!
In summer, winter, fall or spring
Taking nourishment’s the thing that you most adore!

 

Poem © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Sunday’s Whirligig #83
 
More Poetry Pantry #326 at Poets United

Picnic

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It’s picnic time in Anthill Town,
Some go up, and some go down,
Sniffing for a summer treat,
Something good and something sweet.

 
Haiga, haiku, rhyming poem, and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Picnic”

Amen

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Mourning dove, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


First spring funeral—
after the priest’s final prayer,
a dove coos amen.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Birds”

Cluttered

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


early spring twilight—
even my desert garden
is cluttered with clouds

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Rift

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Intermittent rainstorms, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


between spring downpours
a rift in the thunderheads—
seven miles from home

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Home”

Shift

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An April rainbow, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


first rainbow of spring
guiding my footsteps toward home—
wind shifts to the east

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Home”