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Quiddities

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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 ~~
 
carry-on luggage
one bag black, the other beige
bulging with tchotchkes
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Without a ticket,
she will not fly this evening—
travel drought begins.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
going the wrong way—
imagine her great surprise
slamming into oaks
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
leper colony—
warblers among the branches
serenade the sick
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
In another room
a woman with open arms
welcomes motes of dust.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
between the pages
aiming to find the answers
to unasked questions
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lighting thin candles
in honor of the feeders
that snatch up small seeds

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #51

Hiding

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Ironwood tree as January afternoon shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


A blackbird hiding
among the tangled branches
sings an evening song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Restless

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Ironwood tree as afternoon shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 


for the restless dove
a hundred resting places
among the branches

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Clinging

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Ironwood tree with bird’s nest at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

last year’s fragile nest
still clinging to the branches—
a hundred windstorms

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Branches

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Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

too long a story
to tell without a respite—
how the branches fell

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Entangled

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Palo verde trees, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


entangled
in crooked branches—
morning light

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Tucked

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Day’s end, with mountains in the distance, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona


Kobayashi Issa’s haiku about a mountain’s shadow inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

misty day—
in evening mountain’s shadow
candyman’s flute

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


tucked among branches
the mountain alone remains
after shadows pass

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Branches

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A Southern California oak grove
 


A wandering crow
settles among oak branches—
three caws to the wind.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘A Wandering Crow'”

Bare Branches

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Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk
Fingers entwined.

 
docile calico kitten
padding along behind us

 
~~ ~~ ~~

 
Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk
Fingers entwined.

 
inflicting on each other
our foxy little hearts

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk
Fingers entwined.

 
a whimper from the graveyard
making us tighten our grip

 
 
*Opening gambit (“Bare branches touch,” etc.) © by Jackie Le Poidevin
 
 
Final two lines of each set © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Ancient ones

An old Palo Verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

Sometimes paradise
is the play of tangled light
on broken branches.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Paradise”