Category Archives: 5-7-5

Balm

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The Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona seems to offer little to anyone passing through.
 


In this barren land
will I find the balm I seek
to ease my longing?

 
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The Apartment: a Fictional Haibun


Until I rented this apartment (pink flamingos flank the door!), I had to walk up three long flights of stairs. Now I’m on the ground floor, and even have a little kitchen garden, where I grow basil, chives, and parsley. I’ve squeezed in one tomato plant and one pepper. After supper each night, I set aside my sorrows (who knew that life could be so difficult?), and pore over maps of far-off places, dreaming of cruises that last for years, not weeks. Could there be a better way to spend my twilight days?

 

Burn down, white candle,
veer off course, distant planets—
my wineglass is full!

 
  

Haibun © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Tattered

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The full moon glows brightly just before daybreak over Wellton, Arizona.
 


meteor showers
blotted out by the full moon—
summer’s tattered edge

 
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Hiding Places

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A wash fills with shadows in the Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona.
 


among the branches
a hundred hiding places—
blackbird needs but one

 
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Hint

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A windmill guards the entrance to the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden , Yuma, Arizona.
 


August afternoon—
clouds passing near the windmill
seem to hint at rain.

 
 
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Witness

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August sunrise in Yuma County, Arizona.
 


If a blackbird falls
atop the distant mountain,
who will bear witness?

 
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Last Show

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


In midsummer’s heat
some dowdy old sunflowers
put on their last show.

 
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Breath

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Detail from a painting in a Yuma County, Arizona church.
 


Grandpa’s wooden chair—
the breath of a startled cat
lingers on the seat.

 
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Afternoon

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Willow Lake, Prescott, Arizona.
 


languid afternoon—
the holiness of water
mixed with blackbird’s song

 
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Haiku My Heart: Faint Is My Path

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Unrelenting sun bears down on every living thing at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 


With no walking stick,
how distant seem the mountains
and how faint my path!

 
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