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Secrets

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


How many secrets
are lurking under the stones?
Who can flush them out?

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

Secrecy

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An abandoned house, Zacatecas, México
 


deserted dwelling—
three mice meet in secrecy
on the second floor

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Secrecy”

Stormy

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Thunderheads gathering on a spring afternoon, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


stormy afternoon—
an opening in the clouds
letting light leak through

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

Opening

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Sagging wooden doors, Santa Fe, New Mexico
 


opening the doors
only to close them again—
house of smothered dreams

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Open/Openness”

Organic Riffs

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~~ 1 ~~
 
organic cherries—
red and ripe and luscious
in a blue-green bowl
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
our midsummer’s feast—
dining on organic figs
and wedges of cheese
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
organic apples—
whining about the bruises
that soften their flesh
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
organic silence—
good news for the old poet
scribbling at midnight
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
ripe organic plums—
ants come from three miles away
for the summer feast
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
my shoes coming loose—
organic cotton laces
crumbling into dust
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
for ripe fruit she pants—
bunches of fat purple grapes
organic, luscious

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #55
 
More Midweek Motif at Poet’s United: “Organic”

Rift

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Intermittent rainstorms, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


between spring downpours
a rift in the thunderheads—
seven miles from home

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

Visiting

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Joaquin’s grave, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


weeping her way home—
one more bittersweet morning
visiting his grave

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shift

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An April rainbow, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


first rainbow of spring
guiding my footsteps toward home—
wind shifts to the east

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

The Probability

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the probability
 
that she will be sleeping
 
when he comes
 
to bring her coffee
 
bleached white with powder
 
instead of cream
 
is great
 
he sees her lying there
 
in an impossible heap
 
of bones
 
her skin
 
stretched tight over her skull
 
and he wonders
 
if even as she sleeps
 
she can hear the birds singing
 
just outside the window
 
or the sound the bricks make
 
as they shift uneasily
 
in their bed of mortar
 
causing a startled raven
 
to slam against the house

 

Poem © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #297
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #54

Cradling

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Sunrise, seen through the branches of an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


wasteland citizen—
gnarled and twisted ironwood
cradling day’s first light

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Citizen(ship)”

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