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Stained

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Day’s end, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Mourning doves nestle
among the twisted branches,
stained with day’s last light.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2016: “One with Nature”

Hidden

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


six hours till sundown
and every hidden creature
keeps its cunning way

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Cunning”

Cooing

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Sunset on a golf course, Southern Arizona
 


sundown at the pond—
a hundred hidden pigeons
cooing for the light

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Meeting

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November sunset, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

November sundown—
a hunter and the hunted
meeting in mid-flight

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Cry

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November sunset, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

November sundown—
the cry of a great horned owl
preparing to hunt

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Keening

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Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


three sighs to sundown
and the full pink moon’s blooming—
cemetery blues
the keening of doves at dusk
and on the cusp of morning

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Moon”

Drought

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song
 
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shimmering heat waves
rising in the wilderness—
spirits cry as gulls
 
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just before sundown
scanning the sky for rainclouds—
even foxes pant

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Waves, Seagulls, Sundown”

Savoring

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Sundown on a chilly January day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


first month of the year
savoring soup at sundown
to ward off the chill

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Zooni (a New Year’s vegetable soup)”

Weary

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September sundown, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Weary of waiting
for the dragonfly’s return,
daylight slips away.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Dragonflies”
 
More A Prompt Each Day: “Return”

Moments

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Indigo bush at sundown, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


what the clouds whisper
can never be repeated—
these sundown moments

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon