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Though Summer Is Coming

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Great horned owl, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Though summer is coming, it isn’t quite here;
Orion and Hercules burn bright and clear
In skies that are frigid and velvet and deep,
While work-weary humans drift off into sleep.
 
An owl in the desert stands guard near her nest—
To keep her foes wary, she puffs out her chest.
When summertime finally comes with fierce heat,
Both winter and spring will go down in defeat.

 
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Summer”

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Afternoon

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Brilliant winter day, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


A few passing clouds
muffle a hawk’s piercing scream—
winter afternoon.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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First

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Indigo bush on a winter afternoon, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Full moon or blackbird—
which will be the first to come
and chasten winter?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Birdsong

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Palo verde tree,
Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


winter afternoon—
a nearly empty sky fills
with sudden birdsong

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Rail

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Abandoned railroad tracks, Ajo, Arizona
  


Winter afternoon—
a dove lays down her last song
on a rusting rail.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Doves

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A leafless indigo bush, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


How many doves leave
songs in the indigo bush
before winter ends?

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Photograph

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


In the photograph
one dark tree tries to withstand
a winter sunrise.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Caw

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Barrel cactus made plump by winter rains in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


On the sharpest spine
of an old barrel cactus
a crow leaves its caw.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Distant

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Peering through a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Winter afternoon—
so distant are the mountains
I cannot see them.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Faith

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Winter sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the farmer’s children—
putting their faith in his hands,
the hands that plant dreams

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Faith”