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Mask

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Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico
 


Yellow butterfly,
you rest within the shadows
that mask a stone wall.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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The Dance

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Dandelion, Apache County, Arizona
 

Noon.
A stone by the road
sets the scene
for the dance.
Farther down the road
a man without elbows
plays a flute
with his feet,
panting out wild notes,
and the desert,
which has waited
since it was created,
begins to stir.
Could anything
be harder
than shrugging off the eons
to shimmy in the sun?

 

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 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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Afternoon

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An abandoned amphitheatre, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


summer afternoon—
looking past crumbling stone walls
to a bright blue sky

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stone

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Someone left a stone at Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona. (Read why people leave stones at Roxaboxen.)
 


Left for passersby to see,
This wee stone delighted me.
When I saw its shade of blue,
I thought right away of you
And the way the summer skies
Show themselves in your bright eyes.

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Face

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Coyote painted on a stone by artist Pat Hansen, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


A face peers from the stone.

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Gathering

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Agave in bloom, April 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


gathering wisdom
from sky and lizard and stone—
agave blossoms

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stone

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Stone of remembrance, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


Stone of remembrance
Painted in blue,
Placed near a tombstone:
“We still love you.”

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Marriage

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Prehistoric animal chipped into stone, Painted Rock Petroglyph Site near Gila Bend, Arizona
 


ancient petroglyphs—
a marriage everlasting
between art and stone

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Face

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Our Lady of Sorrows, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


in autumn’s twilight
catching a glimpse of a face
on a weathered stone

 
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Not all sorrows are the same.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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