Category Archives: 5-7-5

Wilting Weather

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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona.
 


the garden stone’s heat—
even my white umbrella
is wilting today

 
 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Dread

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A ruined stone wall overlooks Willow Lake, Prescott, Arizona.
  


Rattler whom I dread,
will you strike me as I walk
among the ruins?

  
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Haibun: Suddenly a Stream

“It is hard to say good-bye to beloved flesh,” Madeleine L’Engle writes in Two-Part-Invention. It is also hard to say good-bye to beloved places. One of the tiny public schools where I taught was no longer able to retain all the teachers on staff. Funding was scarce. Because I was one of the last to be hired, I was among the first to be let go. There was no last-minute reprieve. As I prepared to leave a place I had come to love, I found myself humming a plaintive tune, first sung many thousands of years ago by a disconsolate group of displaced persons: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4).
 
suddenly a stream
refreshing weary pilgrims
in the wilderness

 
 

Haibun © by Magical Mystical Teacher

Walk

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A lone shoe would, if it could, walk to find its missing mate.
 


It is not yet dawn
and already the old shoe
clamors for a walk.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Lullaby

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Sunset in the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


To the setting sun
a dove sings a lullaby
she has learned by heart.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Window

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A surrealistic painting of a winter sky adds a dash of mystery to the wall of a home in Yuma, Arizona.
 


Wide-open window—
a magpie on the mountain
seems to know my name.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Deadly

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Ocotillo thorns, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Even deadly thorns
cannot keep me from the way
that’s prepared for me.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Requiem

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A desert scene near Ajo, Arizona.
 


Twilight requiem—
a frightened lizard cowers
somewhere in the stones.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Peace

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“Bones” of a long-dead saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


Hush your scolding, crow!
Leave these bleaching bones in peace
for eternity.

  
Photo and haiku by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Twilight

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Evening descends on mountains near Ajo, Arizona.
 


Crow on the mountain,
must you shatter twilight’s peace
with your wagging tongue?

  
Photo and haiku © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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