Category Archives: Issa

Tucked

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Day’s end, with mountains in the distance, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona


Kobayashi Issa’s haiku about a mountain’s shadow inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

misty day—
in evening mountain’s shadow
candyman’s flute

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


tucked among branches
the mountain alone remains
after shadows pass

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Luck

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Castoff piece of dinnerware, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona


Kobayashi Issa’s haiku about a plum tree at the gate, along with a piece of broken plate to illustrate the scene, inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

the family’s good fortune
in bloom…
plum tree at the gate

 
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plum tree at the gate—
waiting for the first blossom
to bring us good luck

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Imperturbable

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Cholla cactus, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Arizona
 


imperturbable—
even after New Year’s Eve
nothing sharp is dulled

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Content

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Animas River, Aztec, New Mexico
 


at the river’s edge
how content the cottonwood
to gather shadows

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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If…

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


If anyone comes,
do not open the gate, child—
the melons will flee.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lunchtime

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Insect on a yucca plant, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
 


ravenous insect
lying in wait for its lunch—
the scent of ichor

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Trust

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Pathway, Pecos National Historical Park, northern New Mexico
 


Does not the pilgrim
simply trust the open path,
though the way is long?

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Superstition

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Spider, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


stumbling home at dusk
a spider ripe with eggs
blocking my way

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sizzling Desert Sun

Sizzling sun
Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Sizzling desert sun—
I dream of plum trees blooming
three days to the north.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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