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Six Ways of Blackbird

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A cactus wren made of wood, mounted on particle board used to cover a window, Ajo, Arizona

~~ 1 ~~
late winter morning—
blackbird surveys his domain
from a chimney top
~~ 2 ~~
In weakness and woe
a weary pilgrim wanders,
blackbird at her side.
~~ 3 ~~
Blackbird on the wing
hears the hapless harlot’s cry
as her night begins.
~~ 4 ~~
A blackbird ignores
the blasts and blights of fortune
as she builds her nest.
~~ 5 ~~
a trickle of blood
from the blackbird’s open beak—
early morning crash
~~ 6 ~~
a curse and a cry—
and the blackbird disappears
for another year

Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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~~ 1 ~~
A place of her own,
where she can dabble in words—
this is all she asks.
~~ 2 ~~
Three blasts of the horn—
again she loses her place
reading Hemingway.
~~ 3 ~~
She loses her place,
yet a new pathway unfolds,
tugging at her feet.
~~ 4 ~~
In her stained blue dress
she is not sure of her place
among the sisters.
~~ 5 ~~
In this hallowed place
she rests for an hour or two
before moving on.
~~ 6 ~~
A place of shining
in the center of darkness—
this is all she asks.
~~ 7 ~~
The thrill of the hunt
to find a place of her own
keeps driving her on.
~~ 8 ~~
Knick-knack paddy-whack—
isn’t there another place
that she could call home?
~~ 9 ~~
She devotes her skill
to finding the perfect place
to keep her secrets.
~~ 10 ~~
Her secrets in place,
she resolves not to reveal
them to anyone.
~~ 11 ~~
In this shallow place,
where nothing is asked of her,
she has found a home.

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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