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Dreams that Call


Do you hear the dreams that call,
Dreams your hands still hope to find?
Stand in wonder of them all,
Pillow them within your mind.
In the shell of your old life
You could stand until you die,
But it’s time to slip away
With the hawk that rides the sky.
Onward through the wind and fire!
Push yourself, do not give up!
You will find your heart’s desire
Waiting in a brimming cup.

 
 

Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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In This Sizzling Heat: A Haibun


In this sizzling heat we feel as though we’re descending into hell. The river has shrunk into a thin sliver thread. Our grapes are turning brown. They need water. I cannot tell you how eagerly we look for a cloud—one cloud!—to bear even a few drops of rain to the grapes. The neighbor boy flies his kite. It casts a shadow over the dying grapes. But I’ve had enough of watching for clouds that never come. I dig out our passports. “Come on,” I say to my beloved, “we’re going to Norway where it’s cool and it rains. Oh, wait! Americans aren’t welcome in Europe these days. What a clusterf*ck!”


I can’t remember
the last time I quenched my thirst
from a mountain stream.

 

Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Let Us Decorate in Silence


Let us decorate in silence
While the wind chimes ring with glee;
Let us warm ourselves with whisky
Splashed in steaming cups of tea.
 
It is plain our house needs something
To revive its heart and soul;
Let us lift a glass in hope, dear,
Nibbling cake and jelly roll.
 
Far too long we’ve had too little
And our home has had no heat;
Let us eat some peanut brittle,
Then our joy will be complete.

 
Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Wildflowers

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Desert sand verbena, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


soon to be laid waste
by summer’s relentless heat—
wayside wildflowers

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Endless

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Battered garden goddess, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


those endless summers—
even garden goddesses
shatter from the heat

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Potsherds

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Ceramic decoration left by a young visitor, reduced to potsherds, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


broken into bits
by midsummer’s fearsome heat—
tokens of the quest

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Wilting

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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


the garden stone’s heat—
even my white umbrella
is wilting today
 
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Wilting weather has come our way!

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Noonday

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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Arizona
 


eight hours till moonlight
to quell the desert’s trembling
from the noonday heat

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Creek

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 

respite from the heat
where clear soothing waters flow—
crow sips from the creek

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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