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Airplane

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My grandson’s battered airplane no longer flies.

 

My 9-year-old grandson came home from school and said to his mother:
 
“I got this airplane from the treasure box today. It’s the first time all year that I had enough tickets to get anything. I spent some on lunch with a friend. It’s the first time I got to do that too. So I spent all I had left on this neat airplane that did loops.
 
“Then at dismissal, a 5th grader grabbed it from me and pretended like he was going to fly it, but he scraped it against the wall and bent the wings, so it doesn’t work anymore. He was a Purple Folder kid, so I know he has anger issues.
 
“Maybe I can earn some more tickets….”

 


A grounded blackbird
looks longingly at the sky—
three clouds bear witness.

 
Haibun © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Perhaps

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Rugged mountains near Ajo, Arizona
 


Perhaps a blackbird
will swoop down from the mountain,
perhaps the full moon.

 
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Heard

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Evening descends on the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona.
 


What word have you heard,
blackbird on the twisted branch,
of evening’s coming?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Word

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Inyo National Forest near Bishop, California
 


Do you know the word
to bring back autumn’s glory,
blackbird in the pine?

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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First

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Indigo bush on a winter afternoon, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Full moon or blackbird—
which will be the first to come
and chasten winter?

 
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Perhaps

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Perhaps a blackbird
has enough strength in its wings
to bring back the clouds.

 
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Weapons and Three Blackbirds


For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

 
Second Corinthians 10:3-4, Revised Standard Version
 


who can understand
the subtle ways of blackbirds—
a red plum ripens
 
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for the long journey
one tattered blackbird feather
as a talisman
 
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at the break of day
filling an empty white cup
with the blackbird’s song

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Watcher

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A tile depicting La Virgen de Guadalupe is affixed to a headstone. Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Season by season
the watcher keeps on watching
and a blackbird sings.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mary’s Song

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In a niche above a grave, La Virgen de Guadalupe watches and waits at Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Just before Christmas
the mourning doves and blackbirds
join in Mary’s song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Song

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A weathered statue of the Virgin Mary, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


Just before Christmas
a blackbird in the graveyard
sings a brand-new song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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