Climb

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A hot August day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


summer afternoon—
clouds trying to climb a tree
slip from the branches

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Bits and Pieces

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~~ 1 ~~
 
leaning on his cane
grandpa in the nursing home
ogles the nurses
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
cat in the kitchen
unwinding a ball of yarn
with his white-tipped paw
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
rushing out the door
without glancing backward once—
terrified priestess
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
ravenous seagull
hovering near the dumpster—
last night’s crumbs for lunch
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
summer afternoon—
the ringing of clear laughter
from the neighbor’s yard
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
out-of-date lenses—
a minor blur in vision
makes him look again
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
rusting ship’s anchor
cast down at the water’s edge—
one crab scuttles by
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
old man’s rheumy eyes
flicker in recognition
in the nursing home
 

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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August

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A hot August day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Even the clouds sizzle this afternoon.

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hidden

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August afternoon clouds and shadows, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


sizzling afternoon—
hidden by thorn tree shadows
one small white dove sings

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wildcats

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


the distant mountains—
a prowling place for wildcats
stalking tender prey

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cat

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Cattle Track Arts Compound, Scottsdale, Arizona
 


dog days of summer—
black cat begs for attention
and comic relief

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Six Jumps

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searching for a house
where three children play jump-rope
till the supper call
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Loud clashing cymbals—
even the deaf boy hears them
and jumps from his chair.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
a broken platter—
crickets jumping at the chance
for dabs of jelly
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
arthritic creaking
of an old windmill at dusk—
up jumps jackrabbit
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
on a granite ledge
she attempts to justify
her reasons to jump
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
after the frog jumps
another page of haiku
in Basho’s manner

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Secrets

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A young visitor seems to communicate with pigeons near the koi pond, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


pigeon whisperer—
the secrets he can murmur
only to his friends

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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People, Places, and Things

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~~ 1 ~~
 
Italian cousins
winding long spaghetti strands
around their fork tines
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
dour great-grandmother
dreaming of being a corpse
in less than a year
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Loud clashing cymbals—
even the deaf boy hears them
and jumps from his chair.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Seven misspelled words—
she thinks the world has ended
as she fails the test.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
A brook by the way—
she pauses to slake her thirst
before moving on.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
on the homeward way
pushing through thorns and brambles
to get to her door
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a tanning salon
where the KKK sister
turns her white skin brown
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
grandfather’s casket
hewn from a tree that he felled
forty years ago
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
an old garden rake
abandoned by the shoreline
after digging clams
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
recent crash debris
still littering the freeway
glass and wiper blades
 

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Dreaming

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One of many ducks at the pond, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Resting on one leg,
a duck near the garden pond
dreams of the next fish.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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