Discarded washcloth, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

April afternoon—
a castoff cloth bears traces
of the owner’s face.

Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Macro Monday 2
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “April”

Posted on April 4, 2017, in 5-7-5, haiku, Macro Monday 2, Midweek Motif, Poets United, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I can almost read this to say that April IS this washcloth–that’s pretty neat. But I read it as a scene instead.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Maybe I should revise the poem? 🙂

      On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 5:17 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. MMT, think your haiku is apt, giving the struggle of those, fleeing northward, for a better life for themselves and their family. The mundane minutia of everyday life, that gets left behind.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I have found so many artifacts in the desert: blankets, water bottles, backpacks. Yes, sometimes things get left behind in the flight for a better life. Thank you for your compassion, Therisa.

      On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 6:57 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  3. Aha! fantastic haiku record

    Have a lovely Wednesday

    much love…

  4. You’re so creative with your words and pics.

  5. This speaks for the careless litterers of our roadways and national parks. Your photo is a poem of its own!

  6. Being a Christian, this really made me go awe. It reminds me of the cloth of Veronica that she used to wipe my Saviour’s bleeding face with. Thanks for the beauty.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I appreciate your insight and the way you connected some dots between the cloth, the haiku, and Veronica. Thank you!

      On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. Makes one wonder at the story behind that cloth…….

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I like Therisa’s suggestion: that it was discarded by someone fleeing from Mexico across the border to a better life in the United States.

      On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 3:41 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Poetry is everywhere and be found in everything!

  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Oops – CAN be found

  10. Almost biblical. Love it. 🙂

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