Category Archives: haiku

Five Haiku for the Frigid Season


1.
Come now, let us mourn
all things broken, chipped, and torn—
deepening winter.
 
 
2.
Winter loneliness—
who has skill enough to mend
my threadbare blue shirt?
 
 
3.
Winter drive to work—
on the bridge I see skid marks,
remnants of a crash.
 
 
4.
Itching to plant seeds,
I thumb through the catalog
that came in the mail.
 
 
5.
Bar of soap in hand,
I draw water for a bath—
midwinter pleasure.

 

Haiku © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 

Uncrushed

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Once upon a time a brilliant crimson zinnia bloomed at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 
 

After last night’s tryst,
 
one uncrushed flower still lies
 
in the zinnia bed.

 
 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Signs

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona provides signage for visitors.
 


Are you seeking signs
in the wilderness, pilgrim?
What if none appear?

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Pond

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The pond at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona reflects trees growing at its edges.
 


Morning by morning
a blackbird comes to the pond
to drink and then sing.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Journeys

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This weathered wagon wheel is part of an outdoor exhibit at Yuma Quartermaster Depot, Yuma, Arizona.


Sturdy wagon-folks
took months-long jolting journeys
following the wind.

Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Dream Tune

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A trumpet player delights the audience at an outdoor jazz concert in Yuma, Arizona.
 


In the year’s first dream,
a jazzman plays me a tune—
my feet know the way.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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No Tongues

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Cacti and a palo verde tree cast shadows in a courtyard of Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona.
 


Winter afternoon—
they have no tongues, these shadows,
yet their speech is clear.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Haibun: Sacred Grove


I walk barefoot on the gravel path, ignoring the pain. My pulse quickens, my blood runs hot. I feel as though I could float, or leap for joy. I’m going to visit my old friend the ginkgo. To shave off time, and arrive sooner, I double my speed. Now I see the ginkgo, framed as always by two recumbent Buddhas. From one of the Buddhas, a startled dove takes flight. On the head of the other, a monstrous crow grins, and plucks a passing insect from the air. I stand in the sacred grove where mystery abounds. All is well.
 

Urged on by the wind,
a little girl’s dragon kite
circles round the sun.


 

Haibun © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 

Beyond

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Cattle Track Arts Compound, Scottsdale, Arizona contains some interesting buildings.
 


Beyond my courtyard
I sense the distant mountains
waiting for fresh snow.

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Light Show

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On a winter morning the sun rises in Wellton, Arizona.
 


winter pilgrimage—
walking away from darkness
and into the light

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
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