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Broken

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


In broken shadows, many secrets lie.

 
 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Space

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A field of debris, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


winter afternoon—
the space in a broken jar
filling up with sand

 
Photo and haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Space”

Tales of This and That

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Section of a well-weathered wooden wagon wheel, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
on a well-worn plank
peppers waiting to be sliced
with a keen-edge knife
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
As winter deepens,
her loneliness grows longer
in the waning light.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
From a broken plate
the homeless man is scraping
just enough to taste.
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
Everything depends
on music she composes
while making mistakes.
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
Death by cliff or snare—
she imagines her revenge
on him who harmed her.
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
Artists young and old,
create out of this darkness
new and dazzling light.

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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More Sunday’s Whirligig #95
  
More Poetry Pantry #337 at Poets United

Bits

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Fragment of a broken pot, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


scattered in the sand
bits of broken pottery
that no one can mend

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Promise

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Ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


rainclouds gather—
one more broken promise
in the making

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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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
 
 
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Broken

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Ceramic decoration left by a young visitor, reduced to potsherds, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


I thought a little paste would work,
I even tried some glue,
Hoping that my handiwork
Would hold the shards of blue.
 
But glue and paste do nothing,
As far as I can see,
To piece together something
That’s broken as can be.

 
More Poetry Pantry #294
 
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More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Paste”

Leaking

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Discarded cup, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


summer leaks away
from the broken-handled cup—
desert drinks the dregs

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Earthward

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A tuft of feathers, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Its left wing broken,
the songbird plummets earthward—
one last brilliant note.

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Bridging

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A footbridge, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


bridging the morning
with broken bits of moonbeam
splinters of the sun

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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