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At the festival

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A dog explores the weeds and grasses near Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
 
 

at the festival
she wore only poems
that she had listened to before…
before the wine
before the fruit
before the shades of night
came without warning
to spirit her away
from where she walked
with her favorite dog
the two of them together
clad only
in poems

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Quiet

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Young lovers in Zacatecas, México
 


some quiet moments
away from the festival
just the two of them

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Snack

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Snack vendor, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


time out for a snack—
waiting for the festival
to begin at noon

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Celebrating

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Statue of a young child in the Huichol exhibit, Museo Zacatecano, Zacatecas, México
 


At the festival
celebrating girls and boys
no one waters thorns.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lantern Festival

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lantern festival—
the empty one in her hand
giving off no light
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
lantern festival—
certain that the others’ light
will guide her footsteps
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
evening festival—
hillsides absorbing the light
from ten thousand lamps

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Without

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Autumn sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


rising as balloons
a thousand clouds at daybreak—
autumn festival
 
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
 
one more day’s journey
without a destination—
I lay down my flute

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Cap

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Snow-capped stump, northern New Mexico
 


borrowing sleep
from the scarecrow’s sleeves
midnight frost


weaves a jaunty new snow cap
for the New Year’s festival

 
*Opening gambit © by Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold
 
Final two lines and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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stump sporting a jaunty snow cap

 
 
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Festival

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Sunday morning our neighbor, a high school history teacher, wheeled his bicycle into the street and pedaled away for his customary ride. He never came home again. About an hour later, two police cars and a police motorcycle arrived, bringing the teacher’s bicycle, his helmet—and bad news. Throughout the day we gathered bits and pieces of information from another neighbor. No, the teacher hadn’t been struck by a car. Apparently he had a stroke or a heart attack, and toppled from his bike. Rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, he hovered between life and death for several hours. By nightfall, he was dead. What started out to be an exciting summer festival of rest, relaxation and recuperation for a weary educator turned into a season of mourning for his wife and two grown children.
 


Summer festival—
three crows foretell its ending,
shrilling songs of rage.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Festival

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Indigenous Huichol child, Zacatecas, México
 


for the festival
a bauble on the table
necklaces of fire

 

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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