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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 ~~
a smooth departure—
bathed in early morning light
she lifts her suitcase
~~ 2 ~~
Holding a suitcase
packed with troubles and sorrows
she limps down the street.
~~ 3 ~~
shops lining the street—
she stops to ask one seller
the price of his plums
~~ 4 ~~
in a secret house
made of stones from the river
little nests of mice
~~ 5 ~~
searching for a house
where fiery beings shimmer
in the crevices
~~ 6 ~~
Near the kitchen door
a spray of yellow roses
brightens the cook’s day.
~~ 7 ~~
into the same pot
tossing seeds and stars and stones—
old kitchen magic
~~ 8 ~~
a tiny corner table
the merest squirt of mustard
to spice up her meal
~~ 9 ~~
Light rakes the water
as old men reeling in fish
laugh at their good luck.
~~ 10 ~~
as a dark presence
ready to strike passersby—
the coiled garden hose
~~ 11 ~~
In their narrow cells
the monks begin each morning
with prayers learned by heart.

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Blazing sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

over the mountains
ten thousand fiery voices
kindling morning songs

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Section of a mural in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

Jerry Kilbride’s haiku about a wheelchair child inspires me to write a new haiku about a child in a mask:


the wheelchair child
reaches for bubbles
she just blew

~~ ~~ ~~

With her magic mask,
a girl sees fiery comets
whooshing through the streets.

Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Barrel cactus (Genus Ferocactus), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

spots of cactus shade
where the mouse and lizard hide
from the fiery sun

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Beginning of dusk, November, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

the failing daylight
then nightfall
~~ ~~ ~~
fiery prelude
to dusk on distant mountains—
pilgrim presses on
~~ ~~ ~~
Sonoran Desert—
notorious for its light
rising and falling
~~ ~~ ~~
Singing toxic songs,
the lurking desert creatures
welcome one more dusk.

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Southern Arizona

If Samson goes blind,
can the clouds still comfort him
with their fiery blaze?

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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