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Finding Bliss in Change

Let’s make a parade, and march through the gate;
These times are trying, but we cannot wait.
Grace has gone swimming, and things are amiss—
Who in her right mind would argue with this?
See how old prejudice rears up its head?
Cut it off quickly! Make sure that it’s dead.
There’s beauty in yellow, red, white, and black;
Joy’s in the middle, the front and the back.
It’s simple, my friend, to bring a new day.
Old braids of hatred? Just snip them away!


Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Ruby Tuesday Too: Gate

A red gate brightens an otherwise drab alley in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Gate

A gate casts early morning shadows in Historic Downtown Yuma, Arizona.
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No Saddle

gazing at the text
from her lover far away—
a taste of honey
~~ ~~ ~~
stifling afternoon
without the cooling breezes
she was hoping for
~~ ~~ ~~
Sweltering June day—
the old abbot stubs his toe
near the temple gate.
~~ ~~ ~~
nursing home at dusk—
the glint in her eyes dimming
as she sees the end
~~ ~~ ~~
no saddle, no reins
on the untamed horse called death—
her wild ride forward

Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Twin Arrows, an abandoned trading post along Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff, Arizona

raining down arrows
archers near the temple gate
pierce the morning sky

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Castoff piece of dinnerware, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

Kobayashi Issa’s haiku about a plum tree at the gate, along with a piece of broken plate to illustrate the scene, inspires me to write a new haiku:


the family’s good fortune
in bloom…
plum tree at the gate

~~ ~~ ~~

plum tree at the gate—
waiting for the first blossom
to bring us good luck

Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Just Inside the Gate


just inside the gate
an adequate little path
through chrysanthemums
~~ ~~ ~~
just inside the gate
ten thousand rainbow blossoms
their explosive scents
~~ ~~ ~~
just inside the gate
mistletoe entwined in oak
sacred parasite

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

If anyone comes,
do not open the gate, child—
the melons will flee.

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Clifton, Arizona

Neglected garden—
peering through the sagging gate
an old woman weeps.


Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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