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Scintillating music

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Cactus needles, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
 

scintillating music
carries her into most nights
with a flagrant disregard
for what her neighbors think
a leap of faith
that’s how she found her way
and it dawns on her
each time she prays late at night
that the spill that might have happened
did not
the end that might have come
did not
the leap that might have killed her
did not
she knows she owes everything
to that leap
and is not nonchalant
but
grateful

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Flight

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Virgin of Guadalupe on a headstone, Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


At the journey’s end
one more weary soul takes flight—
autumn turns to ash.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Aviation”
 
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Mysteries

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Palo verde trees, planted to enhance a landscape, Southern Arizona
 


Shadowy mysteries emerge at day’s end.

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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January Whirl

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~~ 1 ~~
 
casting my anchor
in some faraway harbor—
perhaps Rotterdam
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
winter’s first full moon
keeping her awake for hours
in her lumpy bed
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
a buffeting wind—
three fragile little sparrows
fight to stay aloft
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
raising her wineglass
at her lonely sojourn’s end
among the living
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
first dream of the year
mulberry tree near the gate
heavy with new fruit
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
sudden gust of wind—
three facts fly out the window
landing in the street
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
action, inaction—
even the undertaker
stops to eye the wound
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
breaking the needle
so she will not be able
to get her next fix
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
a scathing letter
sent from a neighboring state
ten cents postage due
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
her favorite team
tasting defeat once again—
winter’s first full moon
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
willing to risk all
for the sake of one blossom—
gardener in spring
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
hit with aftershocks
from shifting tectonic plates
an old house crumbles

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 235

Stripping Flesh from Bones

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~~ 1 ~~
 
What am I to do
with this blank sheet of paper
and an empty pen?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
A dream at midnight—
someone mumbling Basho’s name
imitates a frog.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
three clay pots—
white chrysanthemums
in full bloom
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
three stolen plums
stuffed in his left pocket
to eat later
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
wild roses
blooming on roadsides
in Georgia
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
She speaks in tongues
that no one understands
except her god.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lying down to sleep
in different beds each night—
her long loneliness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
powers of darkness
gathering near the hedgerow
disguised as egrets
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
As the signpost burns,
I take off my tattered shoes
to walk barefoot home.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
at my journey’s end
laying down my faithful staff
to take up a cross
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
stripping flesh from bones
through every kind of weather—
Dr. Death at work
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
Beginnings are hard—
ask the chick trapped in the shell
or the child in school.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetry Pantry #244
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 204

Whirling with Fay

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Each haiku begins with a phrase shamelessly purloined from various haiku in Fay Aoyagi’s In Borrowed Shoes.
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
Hole in my sweater—
the shopping list I scribbled
slips between loose threads.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
shadow with no name
in a channel of the shelf
holding holy books
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
snip of the scissors—
her seven-years-long ennui
resisting the cut
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
A custody case
condemns their children to death
by separation.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
day for flying kites—
an inky one soars higher
than all the others
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
heat of the stone wall
still warming the lone fly’s wings
long after day’s end
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
first dandelions
and the smell of fresh-mown grass—
snow-day memories
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
For the butterfly
a single open blossom
will suffice for lunch.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
A praying mantis—
will he soon capitulate
to the bumblebee?
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
Red quince blooming—
further delay makes no sense
to the hungry bee.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Morning glory seeds—
one of them will generate
a thousand blossoms.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a story inside
to render children speechless—
pomegranate seed

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #234
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 195

Beatific

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Stone Buddha in a courtyard, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, February 2014
 


at their journey’s end
a welcome for the pilgrims—
beatific smile

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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