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Freighted

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Pine tree, Apache County, Northern Arizona
 


from a wounded pine
two golden rivers flowing
freighted with despair

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #304
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Despair”

Picnic

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It’s picnic time in Anthill Town,
Some go up, and some go down,
Sniffing for a summer treat,
Something good and something sweet.

 
Haiga, haiku, rhyming poem, and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Picnic”

The Miners

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gritty and filthy—
their faces at twilight
when they come home from the mine
 
one of them enters an empty house
(his wife left two months ago)
 
one of them finds
only fetid cabbage soup on the table—
not enough money for meat or milk
 
and one of them sips a bitter drink
from a mug with a broken handle
 
all three of them know
that nothing will ever be the same again—
 
the streetcar that used to stop at the corner
to carry them to the mine
(ten cents round trip)
sits rusting in the rail yard
and not even a vow to the gods
will make its wheels turn again

 

© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #303
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #60

Intimidated

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


intimidated
by the towering mountains—
all her childhood fears

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

Songs of Shattered Stars

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~~ 1 ~~
 
deep in the meadow
fleeces drenched with dew at dawn
seven drowsy sheep
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
waxing the front hall
until the oaken boards shine
reflecting her face
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
in a country church
seven old evangelists
shouting out good news
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
six-year-old gymnast
twisting her lissome body
into pretzel shapes
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
touching the house wren
just before it lifts its wings
to flee my finger
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
bewildered pigeon
searching the clean-swept plaza
for even one crumb
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
worsted wool sweaters
for sale at bargain prices
the first day of spring
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
three cunning women
one an angel in disguise
sifting through rubbish
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
beyond the orchard
the place where young boys wrestle
each day after school
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
coming to bless me
with songs made of shattered stars—
old shaman at dawn

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #302
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #59

Amen

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Mourning dove, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


First spring funeral—
after the priest’s final prayer,
a dove coos amen.

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

Pajarito

 

Haiga © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Birds”

Prayer in Time of Drought

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Lord, the little plants need water.
 
Send Your healing rain.
 
Let the sound of its falling
 
refresh my weary soul
 
as I walk barefoot through the garden,
 
damp earth beneath my feet,
 
thinking of all Your marvelous ways—
 
how You never force Yourself upon me,
 
but like light that warms or blinds,
 
You come to me each day,
 
inviting me to choose,
 
and in this time of drought
 
I choose blindness.
 
Dazzle me with Your presence
 
in each drop of rain.

 

Poem © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #301
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #58

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
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
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”

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