Raiment

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Mesquite blossoms at twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


raiment new each spring—
the showy yellow blossoms
of the mesquite tree
 
~~ ~~ ~~

 

Mesquite blossoms: alluring to the bees.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Swept

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First blossoms on an ironwood tree, March 2015, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


swept up together
first blossoms on the ironwood
and the bright blue sky

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
For my inspiration, I have used this haiku by Santoka Taneda:
 
dew and
fallen leaves
swept up together
 
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Snaking

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


a path to somewhere
snaking through the barren waste—
to follow or not

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Chess

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old men playing chess
on a chilly afternoon
fumbling every move
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
a glorious game
checkmate in only three moves—
the wily old man
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The petite player,
placing the white knight just so,
declares victory.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Key

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Tile key inlaid in concrete, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


a magical key
unlocking secret gardens
where white roses bloom

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Dry

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A dry wash at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


no mud for the snail—
a wash once filled with water
running dry with sand

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Fattening

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Palo verde blossoms, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


over the wasteland
waving a witch hazel wand
to fill in the blanks
with blossom upon blossom
fattening on noonday sun

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Stripping Flesh from Bones

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~~ 1 ~~
 
What am I to do
with this blank sheet of paper
and an empty pen?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
A dream at midnight—
someone mumbling Basho’s name
imitates a frog.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
three clay pots—
white chrysanthemums
in full bloom
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
three stolen plums
stuffed in his left pocket
to eat later
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
wild roses
blooming on roadsides
in Georgia
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
She speaks in tongues
that no one understands
except her god.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lying down to sleep
in different beds each night—
her long loneliness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
powers of darkness
gathering near the hedgerow
disguised as egrets
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
As the signpost burns,
I take off my tattered shoes
to walk barefoot home.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
at my journey’s end
laying down my faithful staff
to take up a cross
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
stripping flesh from bones
through every kind of weather—
Dr. Death at work
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
Beginnings are hard—
ask the chick trapped in the shell
or the child in school.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Glow

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Palo verde trees in bloom as shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, March 2015
 


“Let your colors out,”
the sky says to the desert,
“let your colors out.”
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Even at dusk the blossoms glow.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Somewhere

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An ironwood tree at dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Somewhere a skylark,
far from these wasted places,
trills a note of joy.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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