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Blue Monday: Stars

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Detail of a patriotic wreath for sale in a New Mexico gift shop
 


 
Photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Star

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Detail from a wall hanging in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


a trail of bright light
high above the birthing place—
star of Bethlehem

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Songs

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A dry wash in Apache County, Arizona

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of songs coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, I hear the songs of sky and star and stone. The songs of weeds and wind and wild things. The songs of crow and cricket and cottonwood. All these songs come from the high desert, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore them.
 
I hear them as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear them while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear them while I am grading papers.
 
At day’s end, I slip into comfortable clothing and walk into the nearby wilderness. The stones and weeds and dust greet me with rejoicing. They knew I would come.

 

a cricket chirrups
three stones confer with the wind—
my house is too small

 
Revised haibun © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Story

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Christmas tree decorations in a church in Arizona
 


the other story
about a star no one sees
and no one follows

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Daybreak

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Glass lamp shaped as a star, hanging from a courtyard tree at daybreak, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Chiyo-Ni’s haiku about lark song inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

Two or three
sing all night
larks

 
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one lark in the night
one star just before daybreak
singing with one tongue

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Graces

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Bugambilia (bougainvillea), Los Algodones, Baja California Norte, México
 


If you have no star,
then wish upon a petal—
scarecrows understand,
for underneath their straw hats
they grow the seasons’ graces.

 
Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Adoration

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Spring sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


at first light of day
bowing before the mountains
in adoration
while a dozen cactus wrens
sweep away leftover stars

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Enough

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Christmas tree decorations in a church in Arizona
 


One star is enough
to keep my feet from stumbling
on the long way home.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sporting

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Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


old strawhead
sporting a new star
for Christmas

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Clearing

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Late summer twilight, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


clearing the flyway
for every star in waiting
crow’s persistent cry

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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