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We Strained the Honey


We strained the honey, it flows like light
On our bread’s darkness; we take a bite,
Lost in the glorious mystery
Of wilding sweetness that sets us free.
 
How precious to set aside our shrugs
Of unbelief and squash them like bugs!
Minds that are closed can open anew;
Eat of our bread now—we break it for you.

 
 
Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Haibun: Grief Work


My grief over my father’s death has become my life’s work. Some days I drink from a bitter cup. Other days I choose to spread my bread with honey. And sometimes I lay myself down on the anvil of sorrows and let the hammer fall, shaping me as it will. Sheer stubbornness drives me to try to understand why a tear leans into the wind, hoping to dry itself; or why the dead enter our world saying nothing, giving neither comfort nor counsel, but simply watching and waiting. So far, I have failed in my quest, but I will not quit. Stubbornness, remember?

Walking through the woods
on an autumn afternoon—
this is song enough.

 
  

Haibun © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #239
 
More Pantry of Poetry and Prose #3 at Poets United

Honey


The honey I gather at noon,
I spread on my bread with a spoon.
I haven’t a knife.
Besides, it’s my life,
Not yours, so don’t judge me, you loon!

 
Limerick © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Honey/Bee”

Harbor

Long Beach
Harbor, Long Beach, California
 


shelter from the squalls
that arise on open seas—
honey on the tongue

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Everyone needs shelter from life’s storms.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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The Corner Thrift Store

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She wears simple clothes
with not a tear in the fabric,
with not a single button missing,
bought from the corner thrift store—
a scarf the color of buckwheat honey;
a skirt as black as a bell at midnight;
a chemise beaded with row upon row
of tiny white shells
gathered just before dawn.

I never tire of watching her
in her element:
the thrift store at the corner,
where the sidewalk is almost level,
and a sign in the window
says they have an opening
for someone who speaks Latin—
perhaps she will apply.

 

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sweet

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Wayside shrine, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


all the little shrines
reviving weary pilgrims—
honey on the way
~~ ~~ ~~


Sweet is the taste of holiness.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Bench

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Garden bench at Sanguinetti House Museum, Yuma, Arizona
 


School year’s over—it’s sittin’ time!
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
drifting to the bench,
easing down to meditate—
honey on her tongue

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Drift”
 
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Honey

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Wayside shrine, the Virgin of Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


all the little shrines
reviving weary pilgrims—
honey on the way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela”

Empty

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Abandoned house, Southern Arizona
 


pure honey of grace
in the daily quietude
of an empty house

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Quietude

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Backyard shrine, Los Algodones, Baja California Norte, México
 


pure honey of grace
in the daily quietude
of a backyard shrine

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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