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Chopping

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Aftermath of the 2013 flood, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
 


chopping winter wood
careless axeman strikes a stone
sparks nest in his beard

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Wood Cutting”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Vineyard

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Wine grapes ripening, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Southern California
 


a vineyard at dawn
someone with a brush of light
painting the fragrance

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Vineyard”

Plainsong

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Animas River near Cedar Hill, San Juan County, New Mexico
 


old river chanting
making its way to the sea
an ancient plainsong

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “River”

Three Vignettes

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breezy autumn day
tattered prayer flags on a fence
flapping crows away
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
sniffing the night air
for even a whiff of rain
the hairy farmer
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the guava orchard
waiting for monstrous creatures
to pillage its fruit

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Breezy, Hairy, Monstrous”

Hens

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Whimsical painting of hens on a building in Sedona, Arizona
 


While two hens argue
over which should get more corn,
mice cop some kernels.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Carpe Diem: “Haiku and Humor”

Train

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Steam locomotive preparing for a run, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Chama, New Mexico
 


train for all seasons—
summer lumbers down the track
making way for fall

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Train”

Seeking

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


seeking the healing
of bubbling wasteland hot springs
where the rainbow ends

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Hot Springs”

One More Whirl with Basho

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Each haiku or senryu begins with a phrase culled from Basho: The Complete Haiku.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
the lingering moon
tests my patience this evening—
my room is too small
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in a rice paddy
your words coming to fullness
with the harvest moon
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
fading temple bell
the seeker’s anxiety
slips into silence
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
the smell of young grass
untainted by blood and gore
this April morning
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
four gates and four sects
one of them the hospital
at the ocean’s edge
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
to the wooden clogs
in the center of the court
setting up a shrine
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
still served with flowers
rosettes of orange Jell-O
blooming in my bowl
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
how pleasurable
holding three words on my tongue
until they mingle
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the lay-monk’s thinness—
we know he won’t be with us
after the first frost
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
snow-covered mountains
sharing a meal together
fifty miles away
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
first wintry shower—
fluff from shattered milkweed pods
drifting from the north
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
an early winter
beggars pester passersby
for a few spare coins

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #218
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 178

Skulking

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


mysterious shadows skulking through the desert

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Scribbling

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


fishing village beach
empty but for the scribbling
lovers leave behind

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Deserted Beach”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

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