Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
From the children’s nursery comes a Silver Voice:
“The Willow Tree seems lost now, and you have no choice
But to seek until you find her, seek both near and far,
Seek beneath the stump and boulder, seek where dragons are.
Do not let unrest dissuade you from the task at hand.
Courage, sister! Courage, brother! Don’t you understand
That skies and stars and planets all depend on you?
Gird yourselves with courage, and do what you must do!
Destroy fierce Dragon Burdock that threatens Willow’s ways;
Then, with all things great and small, in peace live out your days.”
We hear you, Voice of Silver, we hear you, Voice of Old;
With courage as our mantle, we’ll do as we are told.
Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Unusually early blossoms on a palo verde tree, November 2016, Yuma County, Arizona
~~ 1 ~~
words to nourish me
on this November morning—
a poem by Keats
~~ 2 ~~
Sing, little sparrow!
How could I despise your voice
this frosty morning?
~~ 3 ~~
This frosty morning
I am dumb before the wren
and its trills of grief.
~~ 4 ~~
Without any means
to support itself, the wren
enriches my life.
~~ 5 ~~
noise at the corner—
a thousand hungry blackbirds
clamoring for crumbs
~~ 6 ~~
joyful not plaintive—
the voice of the old woman
at her husband’s grave
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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