PHOTO.friendship garden stone
A huge stone nestles in the shade of a pine tree at the Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona.

It takes tons of discipline just to be a stone,
Sitting in the sun and rain, sitting all alone,
Sitting there ignored and shunned as the years roll by.
Don’t you wish you were a stone? “No, I don’t, not I.”

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When the old stone sings,
even crows in the pine tree
stop wagging their tongues.

Rhyming poem, haiku, and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on June 3, 2020, in 5-7-5, Arizona, haiku, Haiku My Heart, Japanese Friendship Garden, light verse, Recuerda Mi Corazon, Rhyming poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Perfect!

  2. I don’t mind being a stone but cant stand those lovers that want to carve their names on me.

  3. I wouldn’t mind being stoned, though…. just a thought.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Well, there’s that… 🙂

      On Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 5:05 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  4. Helen Dehner

    Out here in Bend Oregon Ron’s comment works ….. loved your poem,

  5. I don’t mind being a cornerstone.

  6. 😊what Robin said made me smile
    Enjoyed your poem MMT


  7. Neither do I. Not under those conditions.

  8. Beverly Crawford

    What an interesting view. It made me think of Uluru (the great rock in Australia), the famous Plymouth Rock, and the famed Blarney Stone,

  9. I like the photo and the poem. Looks like a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the shade!

  10. I don’t know … do they have much choice? I love stones and rocks, but I guess I wouldn’t want to be one either.

  11. love the poem, had to laugh at Ron’s comment.

  12. You had me at when the old stone sings. Love it.

  13. Stone looks like a beluga whale with its mouth open. Love this haiku. I noticed the plants growing inside the boulder. Interesting find! Stay safe.

  14. I am in love with this stone. Do I want to be one… if it would melt any of the stones in my heart, then yes. For now, I will just listen with the crows… Thanks for this dear MMT.

  15. Such a wonderful haiku. . .imgine the crows silenced. I imaging the stone at the toes of a giant. Wonderful!!! Have a grand weekend!

  16. I guess the idea of being a stone can be interesting if only to see how it feels like to be shunned. We need each other after all. 🙂

  17. Magical!

  18. Susie Clevenger

    Love it… When the rocks cry out…

  19. Well I guess they would..stop wagging their tongues. I certainly would. But today, before the stone sings, he presents himself as a huge whale with open mouth come up to snack on some green stuff. Happy day!

  20. Stones endure ~ lovely haiku ~ wish you a Happy Weekend ^_^

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. subtle profiles
    silent witnesses in time
    tears of sadness

  22. listening
    the world grows strong

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