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Strawberry cactus, (Mammillaria dioica), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California, February 2017

~~ 1 ~~
naked figurines
their alabaster bellies
shining in the light
~~ 2 ~~
somewhere in the ’hood—
poems kicked to the gutter
begging for mercy
~~ 3 ~~
at the hoarder’s house—
lockets stuffed with old photos
too many to count
~~ 4 ~~
a bloated old man
bathed by his daughter at noon
then tucked into bed
~~ 5 ~~
ambling down the street
with a basket on her arm—
market day again
~~ 6 ~~
The way the moon leans
into the battered dumpster,
you’d think it was drunk.

Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on February 26, 2017, in 5-7-5, Anza-Borrego Desert, California, Macro Monday 2, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    So wonderfully vivid! (And oh, those poor poems.)

  2. 2 and 6 are especially wonderful.

  3. The image of the moon is so poignant! Well written. .. you made me pause and think

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Sometimes little gems just form themselves (or so it seems). This is one of those times. I like the moon haiku too!

  4. I loved them all but the girl/woman ambling down the street to the market is a real delight.

  5. As gorgeously written as ever….!❤️

  6. such helplessness in no.4, scary isn’t it? not everyone has someone even to do that bit : then tucked into bed…sigh…

  7. Perhaps, those poems will arise stronger for being kicked in the gutter. A voice quivers in the night so sad…

  8. Enjoyed the picture of poetry in the second one. I hope that even though poems are kicked to the gutter they will never, never, never give up.

  9. Oh how I Luv that moon haiku

    Happy Sunday

    Much love…

  10. Ah! Such glimpses are so delectable. I loved the moon leaning into the dumpster.

  11. Each of these is a wonderful little nugget….a progression of well-drawn words. Bravo!

  12. I love when you bring poetry to the darkest edge of town…

    Scribbled poetry
    on a pawn-shop receipt –
    gold watch left unclaimed

  13. Oh that final one is especially wonderful.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      As I said to someone else earlier, I don’t usually pick favorites from my own lineup, but in this case, the moon haiku shines! 🙂

      On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  14. I’m joining with everybody else who loved your image of a drunk moon. I can see my moon from my chair right now. I do believe it’s a little tipsy!

    My Whirligig!

  15. All of these are fabulous. You have excelled yourself Well done !

  16. sofievandersmissen

    Beautiful cactus flowers!

    Greetings, Sofie #10

  17. No.#3 seems all the vogue that impacts on the sentimentalists. Practicality thrown to the winds!


  18. I like the last one although all were enjoyable!

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