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Scolding

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Rugged mountains near Ajo, Arizona
 


Crow on the mountain,
don’t you ever grow weary
of scolding the stones?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Desolate

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Desolate places—
something akin to wisdom
lingers in the stones.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Books

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A boulder surrounded by birdsong in a remote location, Apache County, Arizona
 


Some books I found in passing
Contained disturbing words:
The end is near, they seemed to say,
Pay heed to stones and birds;
 
For in this warming climate,
Where things are changing fast,
Not even stones and blackbirds
Have stamina to last.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wind

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A stone-lined pathway at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


power of the wind—
reducing stones to rubble
one grain at a time

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Wind Power”

Commitment

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Wedding at Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico
 


their marital bliss
painted with commitment’s brush
outlasting the stones

 
Poem © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Commitment”

Secrets

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


How many secrets
are lurking under the stones?
Who can flush them out?

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

Departures

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
a smooth departure—
bathed in early morning light
she lifts her suitcase
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Holding a suitcase
packed with troubles and sorrows
she limps down the street.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
shops lining the street—
she stops to ask one seller
the price of his plums
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
in a secret house
made of stones from the river
little nests of mice
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
searching for a house
where fiery beings shimmer
in the crevices
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Near the kitchen door
a spray of yellow roses
brightens the cook’s day.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
into the same pot
tossing seeds and stars and stones—
old kitchen magic
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a tiny corner table
the merest squirt of mustard
to spice up her meal
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Light rakes the water
as old men reeling in fish
laugh at their good luck.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
as a dark presence
ready to strike passersby—
the coiled garden hose
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
In their narrow cells
the monks begin each morning
with prayers learned by heart.

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Songs

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An outdoor altar at El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico
 


first days of the year—
a singer wakes up humming
songs he learned from stones

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Vying

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Northern Arizona
 


Three stones in the wash
vying for my attention—
the smallest one wins.

 
 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Stones

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


stones telling stories
in tongues heard eons ago—
stars still know the plot

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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