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Strange Fruits

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
the first foreign place
offering scissors for sale—
Unter den Linden
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
her cotton nightgown
swaying in the morning breeze—
Mexican summer
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
pulled out of the sea
ten skirts and other flotsam
from a shattered ship
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
trees beside a stone—
hiding among their branches
twenty frightened wrens
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
propped in a fig tree
an envelope with pesos
spilling out like leaves
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
down a quiet street
carrying chrysanthemums
to the dying man
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
trays of candied fruits
tumbling out of suitcases—
night train rumbles on
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
sipping orange juice
along with their chocolate cake—
the birthday children
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the kitchen’s black stove
with germs in every crevice
leering at the cook
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
behind sunglasses
hiding a raging fever—
Bollywood starlet
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
local marmalade—
the sharp tang of orange rind
blunted by sugar
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
melon gelato—
savoring the memory
of that afternoon

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Imprint

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Climbing the pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


each step of the way
bearing the fragile imprint
of the pilgrim’s breath

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Identity”

Seeking

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Mountains at midwinter dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


By the day’s first light,
blackbird flees to the mountain,
seeking his own face.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Identity”

Offerings

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~~ 1 ~~
 
a town with no name
not found on any road map
where she wants to be
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Thirty-seven goats
invade the apple orchard,
stripping each tree clean.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
swooping from the sky
ravenous owl zeroes in
on a hapless mouse
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
her frigid fingers
fumbling with the top button
of her overcoat
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
noncommittal shrugs
from his wife of twenty years
to round out his day
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
zodiac lover
consulting her horoscope
for the seventh time
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
always debating
every possible option
with her garden shears
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
an icy sidewalk—
the old woman slips and slides
on the homeward way
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Midwinter huddle—
the homeless men are cursing
their lack of warm coats.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
pressing together
the edges of her knife cuts
to start their healing

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #287
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #44

Seeking

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Sunrise on a chilly January day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


first month of the year—
seeking courage at sunrise
to take one more step

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Courage”

Courage

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Guitar player, Village Jazz Series, Yuma, Arizona
 


after his cancer
the courage to make music
better than before

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Courage”

Pains and Pleasures

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a line taken from The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
shaded by mangos
two old men going for broke
telling more tall tales
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
fragrant white flowers—
a glint of midday sunlight
sharpening their scent
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
hands of the women
lifted in ecstatic praise
to the rising sun
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
deep in the forest
where mossy old trees sway—
a whiff of danger
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the ears of a horse
disappearing at sundown—
midwinter madness
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a hat on a stick—
one look and ravenous crows
flee to the next field
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
on hidden beaches
the fierce and oppressive hush
of desolation
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
the darting of bats
bears witness to succulent
insects in the air
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
protected by words
that keep every woe at bay—
two praying women
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
chocolate and coffee—
our guilty Sunday pleasures
an hour before Mass

 
Poems © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mourning

Mountains

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A mountain range at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona
 


a new day breaking
over the distant mountains—
one crow tells the tale

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Mountain”

New Ways

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~~ 1 ~~
 
bitter memory—
the night he broke her left arm
with a baseball bat
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
how an egret stands
on one leg, then the other
at the water’s edge
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
father of the bride
taking out his handkerchief
to dab at his eyes
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
first month of the year—
trying to find a new way
though she keeps stumbling
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
building a new nest—
the mice in the dead man’s shoes
tying up loose ends
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
smashing the last plate
in her mother’s collection
to vent her anger
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
ordinary rope
tying loose ends together
in a sacred knot
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a brown serape
pulled tight across his shoulders—
old man shivering
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
first weeks of the year—
in her trembling hands a rope
to steady her way
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
old men playing chess
on a chilly afternoon
fumbling every move
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
trying to sort out
the logic of a young crow
that spurns fresh road kill
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
with trembling fingers
she tries to untie the wind
tangled in the oak

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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