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Gates

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Clifton, Arizona
 


sagging gates—
behind them a dog
worries bones

 

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Fox

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Santuario de Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, Zacatecas, México
 

Far beyond the gates
I seek my muse and find her,
singing to the fox.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Pared

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~~ 1 ~~
 
murmuring prayers
that could double as weapons—
a renegade priest
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
secrets of the moth
dazzling the shaman’s daughter
in her quest for truth
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Old men in turbans
move with deliberation
toward the temple square.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
deserted mission—
adobe bricks eroding
in the wind and rain
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
for seventy years
choking on her resentments
bitter old woman
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a dusty garden
its broken-down gates groaning
with every stray breeze
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the drooping candles
on a chocolate birthday cake—
each forgotten dream
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
lighting up her dreams
sparks of remembered gunfire
from Afghanistan
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
pared to her essence
by an explosive device—
only stumps for legs
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
bits of body parts
left beside the road to rot
where the bomb went off

 
Poems © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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