Category Archives: haiku

Summoned

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Castoffs from the sea, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


riches from the sea
summoned by an eagle’s cry—
tongue of salt and fire

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Seasons

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~~ 1 ~~
 
summer’s first new moon
keeping her awake for hours
in a bed of stars
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
first night of the year
her modest white kimono
falling to the floor—
in a separate chamber
soft notes from a bamboo flute
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
little hanging lamps
connected to the plum trees
with frayed bungee cords—
asleep beneath the blossoms
a beggar takes his last breath
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
drought-stricken pasture
a signal to the horses
that smoke will follow—
even now you can hear them
bickering amongst themselves

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Ladybug

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Display in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Las Vegas, Nevada
 


Darling, scarlet ladybug,
On the prowl for bugs and such,
If I met you on the rug,
I would not be frightened (much).

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


in a garden row
wishing for a ladybug
to devour the pests

Text © 2015 and photo © 2009 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Small Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
 
a coatless woman
shivering under the bridge—
the scent of jasmine
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
slices of white bread
arranged on a blue platter—
the homeless shelter
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
memo to herself
scribbled on an envelope—
cigarettes and cream
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
the roadside barber
clipping shaggy pilgrims’ locks
a penny an inch
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
At first light of day
she bows before the mountains
in adoration,
while a dozen cactus wrens
sweep away leftover stars.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Time to say good-bye
to birds hidden in the bush—
one is in your hand,
one is nestling in your hair,
one is becoming a star.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
It is not yet dawn
and already the old shoes
clamor for a walk,
their wrinkled tongues chattering
of paths they took long ago.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
how the gods play games,
breaking open the bundles
of rye and oat straw,
while the farmer and his wife
take up their lamentations
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
breezy autumn day
tattered prayer flags on a fence
flapping crows away—
farmer’s unspoken longings
for a bumper crop of corn
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
exhausted pilgrim
thinking of another way
to make this journey
so that her threadbare tunic
will last another six months
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
in her small kitchen
a sip or two of cocoa
from a broken cup—
savoring the memories
of more than seventy years
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
one more touch of myrrh
to burn the tip of her tongue
with mortality

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sparrows

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Desert Globe Mallow, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


to the last blossom
sparrows trill an empty song—
west wind scatters notes

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Empty

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Empty swing, Southern Arizona
 


empty swing
no more childish laughter
funeral at 10

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Holybell

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 


holybell
ringing fears away
ding dong ding

 

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Snooze

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Neglected fence at sundown, Temecula, California
 


The old cat Evening
curls under a barbed-wire fence
for a little snooze.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Ironwood

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Ironwood tree as afternoon shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 


ironwood
singing down the sun
one more time

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Desecration

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


how a thunderbolt
hurled from Zeus’s mighty hand
desecrates a tree

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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