Category Archives: Poets United

On a Crumbling Wall

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Section of a mural, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
on a crumbling wall
iridescent hummingbird
in eternal flight—
its whirring wings never stop
as it hovers for a sip
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
empty garden bench
where last night’s conversation
still lingers at dawn
patterns of loss and longing
nestling in the wooden slats
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
all things softening
as summer moves toward autumn—
even field mice seem
to dwindle into mere fluff
a child’s breath can blow away
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a cold deep pool
where she comes to bathe at dawn
dropping her silk blouse
into the dry stems and weeds
detritus of late summer
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
offering herself
as an exile from the world—
the burdock knows why,
and so does the peony
with its extravagant bloom

 
Tanka and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #312
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #69

Election Questions

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Will it prove fatal to get out and vote?
What if there is no harmonious note
In the election that’s surely to come?
Will I be gaping and feeling quite dumb?

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Suffrage”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Fatal, Gaping, Harmonious”

Vying

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Ironwood tree in bloom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Among the blossoms
one vies with the crescent moon
for a brighter spot.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Poetry Pantry #311
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Among”
 
More Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2016: “One with Nature”

Cloudless

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Under cloudless skies,
chollas seem even brighter
than the noonday sun.

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

The Absence of Tread

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A worn-out tire, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


The absence of tread
Is nothing to fear—
Just keep on rolling,
You’ll get there, my dear!
 
The way may be long,
The road may be rough,
But you and the tire
Are tougher than tough.
 
Not even danger
Can make you stay home,
Just like a mustang
You’re willing to roam.
 
So keep on rolling,
You’ll get there, it’s clear—
The absence of tread
Is nothing to fear!

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

Part

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus fremontii), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Between leaf and twig
there can be no compromise—
each plays its own part.

 
Poem © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Compromise”

Welcoming

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


with arms open wide
she welcomes the evening waves
as they roll to shore

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #310
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Wave”

Birth

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


birth of a new day—
tiny celebration songs
in each twig and leaf

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

Note

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


a birthday party
in the street behind the wall—
one thin note of grief

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

Perspectives

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~~ 1 ~~
 
ten million poppies
carpeting the soldiers’ graves
near the killing fields
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
innocent blood spilled
in a backstreet of Baghdad—
news at six o’clock
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
The soldier’s widow—
how can she ever forget
his empty left sleeve?
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
coastal snow flurries
in the middle of summer—
those wanton moments
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
summer wildflowers—
no one remembers the name
of the yellow ones
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
three dandelions
clutched in the little boy’s hand—
his Mother’s Day gift
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
aflame with desire
for something just out of reach—
teacakes under glass
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
single grain of rice
gracing the monk’s dinner plate—
enough, for a change
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the stallion’s nostrils
flaring with indignation
at bit and bridle
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
a spool of white thread
covered with dust on the shelf—
seamstress in mourning
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
giving the old chair
another coat of varnish—
summer’s first full moon

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #308
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #65

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