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Late winter sunset, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Wilderness evening—
a dove returns to her nest,
cooing one last song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Haiku My Heart for the End of 2016

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Brittlebush blossoms in December, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  

as winter deepens
the first bright blossoms appear—
wilderness glory

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
Lovers of small words and small poems usually gather each Friday with Rebecca at Recuerda Mi Corazon to share their haiku. However, because Rebecca’s computer is down, we will gather here today. Welcome!
 
 

Autumn

Indigo bush
Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


autumn afternoon—
only a hint of color
in the wilderness

 
Text © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Fade

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First light of day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

Wilderness daybreak—
one day the photo will fade,
leaving me nothing.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Equinox

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Sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

season by season
wilderness spirits retrace
the ancient pathways

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Equinox”

Evening

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A saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Southern Arizona
 


Wilderness evening—
what key unlocks the secrets
hidden in the clouds?

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

Candle

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Yucca in bloom, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


lighting her candle
to see the way more clearly—
wilderness pilgrim

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Winding

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


Crooked little paths
winding through the wilderness—
which one should I take?

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Travel Tales

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
day for gathering
praise in a sturdy backpack—
travel sustenance
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
above the doorbell
only a hint of darkness—
first day of summer
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
into his pocket
shoving the works of darkness
written on a scrap
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a French pastry shop
on a cobbled city street—
the lure of éclairs
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
sesame cookies—
hungry children devour them
Sunday afternoons
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a basket of bread—
giving thanks for seven loaves
baked fresh this morning
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the map in the car
showing a tortuous way
through the wilderness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
going the wrong way
not discerning north from south—
careless traveller
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
communion wafers—
seeking counsel on the way
from tasteless morsels
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
olives everywhere
but no wine for the thirsty—
traveller’s nightmare
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Massive olive trees—
my enemy chops them down
with his keen-edged axe.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a full moon ago
traveller fainted at dusk—
on the road again

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #292
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #49

Fragrance

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Creosote bush blossom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


a single blossom
sweetening the wilderness—
fragrance of wisdom

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon