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Ruby Tuesday Too: Gate

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A red gate brightens an otherwise drab alley in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Gate

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

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Raining

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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Luck

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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

 
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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

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

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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If…

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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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Neglected

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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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