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Water or Chardonnay: A Weird Little Haibun

When the choice of drink is water or chardonnay, I usually take water. I don’t want to end up in some faraway place, sleeping under a bridge, and wonder how I got there. Nobody’s going to rescue me from my own stupidity. If someone asks why I prefer to eat by candlelight, I say, “It’s fine to dine in the dark, but the last time I tried that, I nearly ate my finger, mistaking it for a French fry. Don’t you think it’s important to be safe rather than sorry?”

Yellow butterfly,
will you meet me on the path
to the mountaintop?


Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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In the foreground, an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona

wilderness morning—
how the faraway mountains
tug at the crow’s wings

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona

the moon is rising
the silvery waves resonate
in tune with my heart

a Lady in the shadows
sings faraway sailors home

*Opening gambit by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem
Final two lines and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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