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Voice of Silver

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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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Leafless

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Remains of a dead Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Seeking a new home,
even the dove passes by
the leafless willow.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Name

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Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


no sign of tears
to prove your name
weeping willow


perhaps the wind has dried them
or a hundred days of sun

 
*Opening gambit © by Adjei Agyei-Baah
 
Final two lines © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Wearisome

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


long and wearisome
the way to burning mountain
no willow for shade

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Shrine

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Remains of a dead Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


stripped of every leaf
willow in the wilderness—
desolation’s shrine

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Candent Days

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Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Even candent days
cannot drive the willow leaves
from their homing place—
a resurrected donkey
nibbles tender shoots and stems.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lamentation

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shedding summer skin
willow floats downstream
reflecting season’s end*


a fading chrysanthemum
takes up the lamentation

*Haiku by Maggie Grace of “Falling into Me”
 
Final two lines © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Embracing

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Dead Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


one tattered willow
embracing the wilderness—
crow tries to explain

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Willow

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Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Even candent days
cannot drive the willow leaves
from their homing place.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Willow Leaves Fall”