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Midwinter sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.

~~ 1 ~~
on a yellow plate
a stack of toast tall enough
to touch the full moon
~~ 2 ~~
Against a stone wall
the notes from a temple bell
cling like morning mist.
~~ 3 ~~
adorned with flowers—
some scarlet, some lavender—
his daughter’s casket
~~ 4 ~~
a tall limestone cross—
seven dead chrysanthemums
scattered at its base
~~ 5 ~~
a few splats of rain
and her daydream is ruined—
midsummer morning
~~ 6 ~~
searching for a house
where three children play jump-rope
till the supper call
~~ 7 ~~
Under an awning
the desperate lovers touch
and kiss each other.
~~ 8 ~~
plotting the places
where she might run from his threats—
not enough to count
~~ 9 ~~
The man who sells forks
hides them from a group on tour—
his suspicious eyes.

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 240

Posted on February 28, 2016, in 5-7-5, haiku, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, sunrise, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. So many plot lines…threaded to gather as we all our in some way..the toast stacked high to touch the full moon..alleviates the sadness that life can bring..

  2. Seven dead chrysanthemums – even in death there is death.

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  3. “not enough to count”. concept I’ve never thought of.

  4. I saw so much sadness in each of these. Little triggers that might bring on tears.

  5. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy your tiny poems within a poem … I especially love #6 … but they’re all remarkable.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank you for your encouragement!

      On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:53 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  6. #3 was like a hit in the gut but beautiful. All have their own beauty.

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