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Acne


The year’s first acne—
a pimple on her forehead
glows as though on fire.

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Poetry About the Body”

When I was a girl

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A mural on a house in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


When I was a girl
I wanted to be someone’s wife,
washing his dirty clothes,
then hanging them out to dry
on leafless bamboo poles.
But the day I saw a blackbird
in the backyard bath,
its eyes aflame with fire,
I felt within my skin a stirring
to make paintings
envied by both monk and nun.
Now masked, with brush in hand,
I steal out every night
to splash the darkened city walls
with light, and then more light.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #120
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Masks”

Inn

Sonoran sunrise

Sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


At a wayside inn
pilgrims in the wilderness
bathe in holy fire.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Their ablutions done,
pilgrims in shining robes stand
a little taller.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif: “Fire”
 
More Carpe Diem: “A Little Taller”

Summoned

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Castoffs from the sea, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


riches from the sea
summoned by an eagle’s cry—
tongue of salt and fire

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Burning

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Sunset over Zacatecas, México
 


midsummer evening—
houses of desolation
burning without fire

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Tanka Fest

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~~ 1 ~~
 
in the next canyon,
a spacious place for camping—
cottonwood circle
where tired wanderers bed down
covering themselves with stars
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on the granite floor
rivers of fresh blood flowing
from the killing spree—
scene of hell and damnation
the keening of the bereaved
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
the caressing warmth
of a single tear flowing
down her furrowed cheek—
the fire of her memories
thawing the ice within her
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
marshmallow eaters
their kayak beached for the night
gathering driftwood
enough for an all-night fire
half for warmth and half for fun
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
black cat dips one paw
into circles of sunshine
on the kitchen floor
pretending that a mouse feast
is simmering in the warmth

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 209

Fire

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in bloom, April 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


fire on the mountain—
perhaps a holy presence
making itself known
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
mountain fire
holy the presence
burning bright
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
among the flames
holiness
burning

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Writing in 5-7-5; 3-5-3; freestyle”

Fire

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Sunset, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


October evening—
the house of desolation
burning without fire

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fire”

Taste

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June sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

Desert sun rising—
greedy for a taste of fire
lizards lick the air.

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Sun”

Drumming

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November sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Drumming up the sun,
novice kindles holy fire—
still the master sleeps.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Kanpai!”