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Haibun: Easter Meal

The anchovies on the pizza were too salty, and I’m desperately thirsty. I keep trying to drink some water, but the table wobbles and it’s hard for me to pick up the glass. I never expected to be eating alone in a sad café on a chilly Easter Sunday. Through the dirty window an almost biblical scene unfolds: sheep grazing on lush grass. A shepherd has led them there. It’s so restful to watch that I close my eyes for a moment. But the impatient water prods me back to awareness by snapping out a single word: “Finished?”

On a windy day
the white dove loses her song
somewhere on the way.


Haibun © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher 


Nonsense to Celebrate Daylight Saving Time

Water spilling from a cup—
Will you help me wipe it up?
Grass is crying in the rain—
Watch out now, here comes a train!
Throw the broken plate away,
And then ask your friend to play.
Sing and sway, don’t rock the boat!
Just remember: Stones can’t float!

Poem © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Four Couplets in Plague Time

Everything stirs up my blood:
Leaves and grass, and squishy mud.
Dancers in the field don’t need
Anything but chicken feed.
Don’t give garbage to your cow!
Stop this nonsense, stop it now!
I wish I could see the light;
Hear bees whisper, “It’s all right.”


Rhyming couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016

deepening autumn—
grasses among gold aspens
await the first snow

Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Northern Arizona

Having spent itself,
the wind settles in the grass
for a lengthy nap.

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Yuma East Wetlands, Yuma, Arizona

near the blue lagoon
a puzzle in the grasses—
receding footprints

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Fanciful mural on a house, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

Richard Wright’s haiku about spring inspires me to write a new haiku about summer:


Spring begins shyly
With one hairpin of green grass
In a flower pot.

~~ ~~ ~~

Summer opens wide
with fragrant lilies blooming
in a painted pot.

Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Crickets chime your praise,
mower that no longer zings,
scissoring the grass.

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Bandelier National Monument, northern New Mexico

gleaming in the grass
ten thousand coins of pure gold
disguised as flowers

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

In lands of no grass,
where do the quail take cover?
Where do beetles hide?

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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