Category Archives: Haiku My Heart
Wayside flower, Greenlee County, Arizona
Sunrise on a playground, Southern Arizona
peering through the sagging gate
an old woman weeps.
Seasonal stream, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
“It is hard to say good-bye to beloved flesh,” Madeleine L’Engle writes in Two-Part-Invention. It is also hard to say good-bye to beloved places, but the Sonoran Desert and I will soon part company. The tiny public school, where I have taught since last August, is no longer able to retain all the teachers currently on staff. Because I was one of the last to be hired, I am among the first to be let go. There will be no last-minute reprieve. As I prepare to leave this seared and desolate land I have come to love, I find myself humming a plaintive tune, first sung many thousands of years ago by a disconsolate group of displaced persons: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4).
suddenly a stream
refreshing weary pilgrims
in the wilderness
The future is uncertain. The wilderness is now.
~~ 1 ~~
his fumbling with her buttons
their first love story
~~ 2 ~~
Whoever she is,
she knows how to weave stories
he cannot take off.
~~ 3 ~~
how the guitarist
tells stories with his fingers
skipping on the strings
~~ 4 ~~
white chickens dripping with rain
sad barnyard story
~~ 5 ~~
For a good journey,
she stitched a bag of stories
to tell round the fire.
~~ 6 ~~
granite grave marker
date of birth and date of death
story etched in stone
~~ 7 ~~
their old love letters
telling stories about them
to her grandchildren
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Haiku Heights: “Story”
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
Trailing Milkweed (Sarcostemma hirtellum), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
Honeybee on Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina) blossom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
Soon-to-be-irrigated cropland, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
Penstemon centranthifolius, Shelter Valley, San Diego County, California
resting place for weary ones
on the desert way.
Wide-throated Monkeyflower (Mimulus brevipes) Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, SoCal