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Lantern Festival

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lantern festival—
the empty one in her hand
giving off no light
~~ ~~ ~~
lantern festival—
certain that the others’ light
will guide her footsteps
~~ ~~ ~~
evening festival—
hillsides absorbing the light
from ten thousand lamps

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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A house in Zacatecas, México

Is that Grandmother
hiding behind the curtains
from her younger self?

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Small catrina figure on a table outside a shop in Tonalá, Jalisco, México

Instead of a bat,
she wields a wicked white broom,
sweeping home plate clean.

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Stone of remembrance atop a headstone, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona

after the dust storm
placing a painted blue stone
on her loved one’s grave

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Ice-skating rink, Plaza de Armas, Zacatecas, México

festive afternoon
round and round the skaters glide—
how they carry on!

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Teaching Forever

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Sometimes I think I can teach forever.
Sometimes the dark circles under my eyes
tell me that it’s foolish to try to teach one more hour.
Last night the angels of sleep
abandoned me,
interrupted my erotic dream,
laughed at me in my distress!
Now it’s five o’clock Monday morning
and I’m propping up my head with one hand
while writing this lament with the other.
I’d like to forget my lesson plans
and start reading a good book
until I fall asleep again,
waking up around noon
to write fragments of poetry
or a letter to a friend.
Instead, I have to eat breakfast, shower
and change into something suitable for work.
Then I have to drag my weary body
into my classroom where sixteen sullen students
with learning disabilities
will watch me impassively as I try to teach them
about figurative language:
Simi—what? Meta—who? Personifi—why?
We don’t care.

Is their theft of my time worth it,
their theft that leaves me wasted?
Today, probably not.
But tomorrow or the day after
something might change.
And that is the hope that keeps me going,
the grace that spurs me on,
even when all the light is gone
and all I want to do
is crawl back under the covers.


© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in bloom, April 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

Mountaintop afire—
can no one quench the burning
of the holy flame?

~~ ~~ ~~

When mountains burn, panicked creatures flee.

Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Autumn sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

rising as balloons
a thousand clouds at daybreak—
autumn festival
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
one more day’s journey
without a destination—
I lay down my flute

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Twin Arrows, an abandoned trading post along Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff, Arizona

raining down arrows
archers near the temple gate
pierce the morning sky

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Seasonal stream, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

whispering waters—
sipping from the healing stream
mercies for today

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Midweek Motif: “Recovery/Healing”


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