Rainless

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Old wooden door, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Whenever I travel to Mexico, I look for interesting doors, so Richard Wright’s haiku speaks to me:

 

Quickly vanishing,
The first drops of summer rain
On an old wood door.

 
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on an old wood door
the sorrows of rainless days
brushed in shades of blue

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lighthouse

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Diamond Head Lighthouse, Honolulu, Hawaii
 


intrepid sailors
keeping their eyes on the light
fair weather or foul
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
lighting the way for all seafarers

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Secret

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Yucca transitioning from blossom to seedpod, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


plump seedpod
cradling next summer
in secret
gossip bees whisper
in the blossom fields

 
Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Burning

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Sunset over Zacatecas, México
 


midsummer evening—
houses of desolation
burning without fire

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Keening

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Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


three sighs to sundown
and the full pink moon’s blooming—
cemetery blues
the keening of doves at dusk
and on the cusp of morning

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Crow

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Sunrise glimpsed through the branches of an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
crow on the mountain
his tedious yammering
smearing the sun in the east
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
the eyes of a crow
reflect the burning mountain
just before sunrise
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
at the sunrise hour
a crow with its mocking song
lays waste the mountain

 
Tanka and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Broom

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Hostel Villa Colonial, Zacatecas, México
 


The blue-handled broom,
weary from too much sweeping,
sags in the corner
as if an afternoon nap
might help revive its bristles.

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Nap

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A deep depression near The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


last days of summer
settling in an earthen bowl
for an ursine nap—
about the dreams to follow
not even stars know the time

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tanka Fest

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~~ 1 ~~
 
in the next canyon,
a spacious place for camping—
cottonwood circle
where tired wanderers bed down
covering themselves with stars
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on the granite floor
rivers of fresh blood flowing
from the killing spree—
scene of hell and damnation
the keening of the bereaved
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
the caressing warmth
of a single tear flowing
down her furrowed cheek—
the fire of her memories
thawing the ice within her
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
marshmallow eaters
their kayak beached for the night
gathering driftwood
enough for an all-night fire
half for warmth and half for fun
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
black cat dips one paw
into circles of sunshine
on the kitchen floor
pretending that a mouse feast
is simmering in the warmth

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Ladybug

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Display in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Las Vegas, Nevada
 


Darling, scarlet ladybug,
On the prowl for bugs and such,
If I met you on the rug,
I would not be frightened (much).

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


in a garden row
wishing for a ladybug
to devour the pests

Text © 2015 and photo © 2009 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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