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Savage Tales

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Seedpod of the nightshade, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
a runty spring lamb
falls prey to two hungry wolves—
the blood-spattered snow
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
pressed close together
two siblings tremble with fear—
first storm of winter
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
bitter winter’s night—
she prowls about the hallways
unable to sleep
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
night-blooming jasmine—
inhaling the haunting scent
as we sip our tea
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
winter afternoon—
the first snowflakes remind her
of life’s brevity

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Luring

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ironwood tree in bloom, April 2016, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in hidden places
conspiracies of blossoms
luring hungry bees

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Travel Tales

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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.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
day for gathering
praise in a sturdy backpack—
travel sustenance
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
above the doorbell
only a hint of darkness—
first day of summer
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
into his pocket
shoving the works of darkness
written on a scrap
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a French pastry shop
on a cobbled city street—
the lure of éclairs
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
sesame cookies—
hungry children devour them
Sunday afternoons
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a basket of bread—
giving thanks for seven loaves
baked fresh this morning
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the map in the car
showing a tortuous way
through the wilderness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
going the wrong way
not discerning north from south—
careless traveller
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
communion wafers—
seeking counsel on the way
from tasteless morsels
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
olives everywhere
but no wine for the thirsty—
traveller’s nightmare
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Massive olive trees—
my enemy chops them down
with his keen-edged axe.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a full moon ago
traveller fainted at dusk—
on the road again

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Screech

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Winter afternoon shadows, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


lengthening shadows—
the screech of a hungry hawk
sends mice skittering

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Feeding

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Flugelhorn player, Village Jazz Series, Yuma, Arizona
 


the jazz musician—
morsels from his flugelhorn
feeding hungry souls

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Desert

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


A desert wasteland—
who can number the dead things
littering the soil?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the barren lands
hungry and thirsty creatures
vie for sustenance.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the wilderness
some things rattle and threaten,
others pierce and tear.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Feeding

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Couple feeding koi, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


the simple joy
of feeding hungry fish
with a few crumbs

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Fairy Duster

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Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla), Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


wilderness morning—
the flimsy crimson flowers
flaunting their color
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
hungry tongues close in
on tasty crimson blossoms—
hummingbird heaven
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
hummingbird tenses
before piercing the blossom
with its spear-like tongue

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Waiting

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Seed pods on a Palo Verde Tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


seed pods waiting for hungry creatures

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Ripened

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Seed pods on a Palo Verde Tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


more precious than pearls
ten thousand ripened seed pods
all the hungry come

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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