Lamp

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View of the Cathedral, Zacatecas, México
 


the jade-seller’s lamp
still burning long past midnight
blotting out the moon
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Always somewhere a lamp is burning.

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Mist

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Waterfall, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


Into the pocket
of the shirt I did not wash
crawls waterfall mist.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Scarecrow

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Gnarled ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Adjei Agyei-Baah’s haiku about a scarecrow inspires me to write a new haiku about a different kind of scarecrow:

 

full moon─
a scarecrow watches
its own shadow

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


desert scarecrow tree
flapping at clouds and shadows—
next time the full moon

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

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Summer dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Where do they come from,
these poems at break of day
as wild mists rising?

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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River

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Animas River, Aztec, New Mexico
 


midsummer morning
the river unraveling
on its seaward way
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Rampant grow the tales
whispered by the willow trees
at the river’s edge.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
echoes of a crow
still menacing the river
ninety yards downstream

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Mask

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Section of a mural in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Jerry Kilbride’s haiku about a wheelchair child inspires me to write a new haiku about a child in a mask:

 

the wheelchair child
reaches for bubbles
she just blew

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


With her magic mask,
a girl sees fiery comets
whooshing through the streets.

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

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Mural depicting lovers kissing, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Ten thousand brushstrokes—
in the mural two lovers
savor each other.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
trying on new names
to honor the full spring moon—
two lovers blooming

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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A Poet Is Born

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The first line of each breath-of-a-poem is taken from The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
In some hut of mud
with a floor of dry, tamped dung,
a poet is born.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
inventing verses
that rise and fall with seasons—
the farming poet
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
on flimsy paper
writing words that reach thousands
with pathos and light
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
A fragrance of words
flows from the child poet’s mouth—
honey on his tongue.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the whispered daydreams
of corn pushing toward the sun
during tassel time
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a woman running
from the seed about to split
into lightning songs
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
The fragrant garden—
she comes each day at twilight
to sip with the bees.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
No one is looking
as she enters the courtyard
to steal a mango.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
after the harvest
every vine stripped of its fruit—
season of waiting
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
Count the songs growing
in the tunnel of the mole—
ten thousand or more.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Even a free bird
cannot sprout another wing
when one is broken.

 
Poems © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Six

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Of this week’s dozen words I have used: wine, stain, puzzle, foreign, hollow, luminous
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
drinking from the falls
in the absence of a pub—
wine of loneliness
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
near the still lagoon
a puzzled hiker pauses—
her frisson of fear
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
wilderness morning
sunlight the color of tea
staining the sand
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
in a foreign tongue
empty little syllables
rattling in your mouth
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
hollow promises—
tongues clattering empty vows
on their wedding day
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
even one small star
keeps me on the homeward way—
its luminous song

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Lost

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A callejon (alleyway) in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Richard Wright’s haiku about being in a strange town is a familiar experience, and inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

I have lost my way
In a strange town at night—
A sky of old cold stars.

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


A strange town at dawn—
if I take these cobbled steps,
will I find my way?

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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