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Haibun: Braiding Stories


Among the flowers and grasses, tiny yellow-and-brown things with wings land and take off, take off and land. Should I be worried that I do not know their names? I lift one of the things from a flower stained with its excrement—so small to have made such a big mess! Looking at this nameless thing strips me of all notions of superiority. I know that the day is coming when my own stains will be concealed by the undertaker’s art. But that day can wait. I still have stories to braid.
 

A woman sleeping
on a green park bench wakes up,
stretching and yawning.




 

Haibun © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher 

 

Dust

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Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


wilderness grasses
waiting for the winter rains—
a dust cloud ripens

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Winter Grasses”

Barren

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Dead Indigo Bush, snapped with an iPhone, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


wandering pilgrim
in a land of no grasses—
her barren footsteps
~~ ~~ ~~
Even barren lands reveal their beauty.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Miscanthus (Grass)”

Whispering

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View through a ruined window, El Charco del Ingenio conservation area, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


through the south window
the desiccated grasses
whispering my name

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s “My Dreams Start to Wander'”

Undulating

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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside County, California
 


underneath a fence
the undulating grasses
crying out for rain

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Friday’s Fences
 
More Carpe Diem: “Southard’s ‘Undulates'”