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Strawberry cactus, (Mammillaria dioica), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California, February 2017

~~ 1 ~~
naked figurines
their alabaster bellies
shining in the light
~~ 2 ~~
somewhere in the ’hood—
poems kicked to the gutter
begging for mercy
~~ 3 ~~
at the hoarder’s house—
lockets stuffed with old photos
too many to count
~~ 4 ~~
a bloated old man
bathed by his daughter at noon
then tucked into bed
~~ 5 ~~
ambling down the street
with a basket on her arm—
market day again
~~ 6 ~~
The way the moon leans
into the battered dumpster,
you’d think it was drunk.

Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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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 ~~
a smooth departure—
bathed in early morning light
she lifts her suitcase
~~ 2 ~~
Holding a suitcase
packed with troubles and sorrows
she limps down the street.
~~ 3 ~~
shops lining the street—
she stops to ask one seller
the price of his plums
~~ 4 ~~
in a secret house
made of stones from the river
little nests of mice
~~ 5 ~~
searching for a house
where fiery beings shimmer
in the crevices
~~ 6 ~~
Near the kitchen door
a spray of yellow roses
brightens the cook’s day.
~~ 7 ~~
into the same pot
tossing seeds and stars and stones—
old kitchen magic
~~ 8 ~~
a tiny corner table
the merest squirt of mustard
to spice up her meal
~~ 9 ~~
Light rakes the water
as old men reeling in fish
laugh at their good luck.
~~ 10 ~~
as a dark presence
ready to strike passersby—
the coiled garden hose
~~ 11 ~~
In their narrow cells
the monks begin each morning
with prayers learned by heart.

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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