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Hiding

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Winter afternoon—
a desert dove in hiding
pipes a mournful song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Strange Fruits

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


 
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the first foreign place
offering scissors for sale—
Unter den Linden
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
her cotton nightgown
swaying in the morning breeze—
Mexican summer
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
pulled out of the sea
ten skirts and other flotsam
from a shattered ship
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
trees beside a stone—
hiding among their branches
twenty frightened wrens
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
propped in a fig tree
an envelope with pesos
spilling out like leaves
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
down a quiet street
carrying chrysanthemums
to the dying man
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
trays of candied fruits
tumbling out of suitcases—
night train rumbles on
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
sipping orange juice
along with their chocolate cake—
the birthday children
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the kitchen’s black stove
with germs in every crevice
leering at the cook
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
behind sunglasses
hiding a raging fever—
Bollywood starlet
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
local marmalade—
the sharp tang of orange rind
blunted by sugar
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
melon gelato—
savoring the memory
of that afternoon

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hiding

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Ironwood tree as January afternoon shadows lengthen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


A blackbird hiding
among the tangled branches
sings an evening song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hiding

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A house in Zacatecas, México
 


Is that Grandmother
hiding behind the curtains
from her younger self?

 
 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hiding

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Havre, Montana artist Mary Nault working on a watercolor at an outdoor event in Yuma, Arizona
 


peony bouquet
still hiding in the bristles
of the artist’s brush
 
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From an artist’s brush, great surprises!

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Crane

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Seasonal stream at dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in hiding
a ravenous crane
stalks a fish

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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