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Autumn Leaves

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Colorful aspen leaves, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016.


 
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tumult on my roof—
acorns and oak leaves thudding
till the storm is done
 
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Since crowds delight you,
how can one falling oak leaf
give you so much joy?
 
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Bring me one red leaf
from under the maple tree,
then leave me alone.
 
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Such a waste of breath:
lamenting the leaves falling
from my backyard plum!
 
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Two feral cats fight
among the falling oak leaves—
one gets bragging rights.
 
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Blackbird, O blackbird,
how do you balance your song
on that falling leaf?
 
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It is no great loss
to watch storm clouds disappear,
but when plum leaves fall…

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wildflowers

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Desert sand verbena, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


soon to be laid waste
by summer’s relentless heat—
wayside wildflowers

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Crow

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Sunrise glimpsed through the branches of an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
crow on the mountain
his tedious yammering
smearing the sun in the east
 
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the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
the eyes of a crow
reflect the burning mountain
just before sunrise
 
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the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
at the sunrise hour
a crow with its mocking song
lays waste the mountain

 
Tanka and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Sunrise…Mountaintop”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Reflect, Tedious, Waste”

Sniffing

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Blossoms on an ironwood tree, April 2015, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Sniffing out a way
through the trackless desert waste,
I follow the blooms.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Kala Ramesh’s ‘Wild Violets'”

Snaking

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


a path to somewhere
snaking through the barren waste—
to follow or not

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Experience”

Enough

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


tattered scraps of shade—
enough for weary pilgrims
plodding through the waste

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem #416
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Scrap”
 

Pilgrim Way

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in a trackless waste
stopping for a while to pray
way of the pilgrim

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Tengri: the Spirit of the Steppes”