original
 
 

 
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© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Companion

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Little bird at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


at dawn
I wash my feet with dew
the longest day


with only one small bird
as my companion

 
*Opening gambit by Yozakura (1640-1716)
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Crowd

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Blossoms of a Palo verde tree at sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


crowd of well-wishers
waiting for me at sunrise—
ten thousand blossoms

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Shards

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Bits of broken glass, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in litter fields
guessing where sage might grow
among glass shards

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Sage”

Underground

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


ten years underground—
still her husband comes from home
for their weekly chat

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Mushroom

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Desert Shaggy Mane (Podaxis pistillaris), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


a desolate space—
one desiccated mushroom
holding night and day

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Space”
 
More Carpe Diem: “Mushrooms”

Whirling with ‘The Roosevelts’

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Each vignette begins with a phrase culled from Episode 5 of “The Roosevelts,” a PBS production by Ken Burns.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
in the evening light
their faces suffused with joy
from the vin rosé
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
along the main street
one with no identity
stumbling block by block
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
ramshackle houses—
brittle sticks and broken glass
swaying in the wind
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
spread out on the floor
cold ashes from the fireplace—
wise ones heed the signs
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Along the back roads
she hopes to pick a posy
for the one she loves.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
no longer willing
to set aside discernment—
the terrified monk
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
in its suffering
the nation offering youth
to the flames of war
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a soft leather glove
filled with a hand without fear—
scarecrow in the corn
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
chalk on a boxcar
denoting lot of tractors
bound for South Sudan
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
preachers and teachers
selfless servants of the race
still they go astray
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
To finish the job
they polarize the nation
into warring camps.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
Immortal Dante,
how you love to guide us still
through the inferno.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stitching

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in big sky country
hidden saguaro tailors
stitching light to air
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In big cloud country I diminish.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sniffing

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Autumn leaves, Apache County, Arizona
 


sniffing fallen leaves
for clues to my existence—
harsher cries the crow

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fallen Leaves”
 
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Windfall

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Photo mural, Historic Downtown Yuma, Arizona
 


for the hungering
a heavenly fruitfulness
windfall of ripe corn

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
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