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Distant

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Organ pipe cactus at twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  

a new year’s twilight—
peering beyond the cactus
to a distant path

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Riffs on Autumn

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Cottonwood leaves with autumn color, Yavapai County, Arizona
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
her passion for trees
especially in autumn
when leaves turn golden
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
autumn afternoon—
hoping to find her lost keys
under yellow leaves
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
drifting near the edge
of a little woodland pool—
seven autumn leaves
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
autumn afternoon—
wandering with my lover
through the browning fen
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
autumn afternoon—
somehow the sky seems lighter
shrugging off the rain
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
late autumn twilight
making me blink once, then twice
in awe and wonder
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
With wild geese wheeling,
how can I count the autumns
that have flown away?

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Twilight

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Distant mountain range at day’s end, Maricopa County, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Wilderness twilight—
who will lock the clouds in place
to shroud the full moon?

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Rustling

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


just before sunrise
a rustling in the branches—
white dove lifts one wing

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Twilight

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Organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) blossom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Not a breath of wind
ruffles the cactus blossom
at the twilight hour.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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The Miners

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gritty and filthy—
their faces at twilight
when they come home from the mine
 
one of them enters an empty house
(his wife left two months ago)
 
one of them finds
only fetid cabbage soup on the table—
not enough money for meat or milk
 
and one of them sips a bitter drink
from a mug with a broken handle
 
all three of them know
that nothing will ever be the same again—
 
the streetcar that used to stop at the corner
to carry them to the mine
(ten cents round trip)
sits rusting in the rail yard
and not even a vow to the gods
will make its wheels turn again

 

© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cluttered

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


early spring twilight—
even my desert garden
is cluttered with clouds

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Swing

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May twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


imagine a swing
hanging from the stoutest branch—
one child flying high

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Teardrop

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Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


his grave at twilight—
leaving a single teardrop
as her offering

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Quiet

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Weathered and faded headstone decorations at twilight, Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


even the ravens
quiet their clattering tongues—
women in mourning

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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