Category Archives: 4-6-4

Bird

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Remains of a ravaged bird, Yuma County, Arizona
 


A bird without its feathers
Is not going anywhere,
Although it longs for freedom
And for flying through the air.
 
A bird without its feathers
Is deceased, most probably,
And will never see the sun
That still shines on you and me.

  
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Promise

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Ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


rainclouds gather—
one more broken promise
in the making

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Notes

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


soulful music—
even the beached dory
hits the right notes

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Music”

Threading

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


threading her way
through the cactus needles
hidden spider

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Majestic

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Summer sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


how majestic
over sunrise mountain
this holy light

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lullaby

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Sunset on a golf course, Southern Arizona
 


pond at day’s end
cradling the weary light—
lullaby time

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Pond”

Feeding

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Couple feeding koi, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


the simple joy
of feeding hungry fish
with a few crumbs

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Stripping Flesh from Bones

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~~ 1 ~~
 
What am I to do
with this blank sheet of paper
and an empty pen?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
A dream at midnight—
someone mumbling Basho’s name
imitates a frog.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
three clay pots—
white chrysanthemums
in full bloom
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
three stolen plums
stuffed in his left pocket
to eat later
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
wild roses
blooming on roadsides
in Georgia
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
She speaks in tongues
that no one understands
except her god.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lying down to sleep
in different beds each night—
her long loneliness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
powers of darkness
gathering near the hedgerow
disguised as egrets
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
As the signpost burns,
I take off my tattered shoes
to walk barefoot home.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
at my journey’s end
laying down my faithful staff
to take up a cross
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
stripping flesh from bones
through every kind of weather—
Dr. Death at work
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
Beginnings are hard—
ask the chick trapped in the shell
or the child in school.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Remains

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Remains of a bird, killed by a predator, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


after the kill
a handful of feathers—
sacred remains

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Waters

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Yuma East Wetlands, Yuma, Arizona
 


woodland waters
coming with my hands cupped
to dip silence

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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