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Reasons

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Viewing the aftermath of a rainstorm from the deck of an Airbnb accommodation in La Grande, Oregon
 


ten thousand reasons
after the storm runs its course
for blackbird to sing

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Clouds

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Near Grants, New Mexico
 


storm clouds gathering—
perhaps the desert will drink
just before sundown

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Hummingbird Country

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Barrel cactus fruit, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 

We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.
Like tiny creatures
flitting here and sipping there,
we scan the sky.
Storm clouds hang heavy in the west,
where thunder is heard.
Can anything good come from thunder
or the burden that both of us bear?
You compare your pain to mine
to see whose is greater.
You say that the doctor’s poking
and prodding was not proper,
because it stirred up something inside you—
a storm that may destroy you.
But aren’t we stronger than storms?
We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Storm

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Apache County, Northern Arizona
 


summer storm brewing—
a tumbleweed skeleton
quivers in the wind

 
 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stone

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Stone of remembrance atop a headstone, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


after the dust storm
placing a painted blue stone
on her loved one’s grave

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sweeping

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A variety of aloe in bloom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Sweeping the garden
of debris from last night’s storm,
I’ve time to ponder
these golden aloe blossoms
near the Buddha at the well.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Timeless Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
 
feeble old woman
attempting to bathe herself—
soap slips from her hand
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
finding a table
where we can sip tea and think
about the next steps
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
in his little shop
the sharpener of razors
stropping the last one
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
outside her window
the tinkling of bronze wind chimes
as darkness descends
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
bowls on the table—
in the azure one a storm
brewing in the broth
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a wicker hamper
filled with sweet and sour dumplings—
lovers’ picnic feast
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
humming to himself
as he reaches for the hose—
thirsty gardener
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
longing to partake
of sweet and juicy gossip—
the famine women
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
a bowl of olives
alarming the residents
of the nursing home
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
A bag of poems—
the apple seller hides it
behind the last bin.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
I share this secret
with you and with the north wind—
autumn is coming.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
An almond wafer—
if it could speak my language,
I would not eat it.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Rough

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Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
 


a river flowing
endlessly to the rough sea
storm songs day and night

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Soon

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Valles Caldera National Preserve, northern New Mexico
 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Unknown

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Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


After storm clouds flee,
how does the crow find its way
in an unknown sky?

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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