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Barren

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Part of a floral decoration blown from a small cemetery, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


In a barren land
not even red silk flowers
signify good luck.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Brightening

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Brittlebush blossoms, early January, Sonoran Desert, Yuma County, Arizona
 


even in winter
auspicious yellow blossoms
brightening the land

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Light

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April twilight, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


one thin spider’s thread
stitching both light and shadows
to the desert’s bones
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Light leaks into the barren land.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Whirling On

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Each haiku begins with a Wordle word.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
Maybe a raven
knows more about nasturtiums
than ever I will.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
miles beyond this place
thirty or forty or more
a ruined garden
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
words lost long ago
under bison bones bleaching
on Kansas prairies
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
scorch marks on his shirt—
first signs of her defiance
of his tyranny
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
chime and tambourine
and incense in the temple—
bridges between worlds
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
trite conversation
over day-old glazed doughnuts
at the sad café
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
spell of cold weather—
taking out of the closet
her wool kimono
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
land covered with snow—
corn hidden from hungry geese
and foraging mice
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
spirit of the quilt
wrapping her in dreams of peace
though she sleeps alone
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
aim of the hunter
sighting a mandarin duck—
how his bow trembles
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
mind of the pilgrim
distracted by the bedbugs
in the wayside inn
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
sign of good fortune
the year’s first calligraphy
brushed in crimson ink

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Without

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


without potatoes
a great hunger in the land—
these dusty acres

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Grotesqueries

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Each grotesquerie begins with a phrase purloined from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist who died 17 April 2014.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
dusty almond trees
all the fruit turns into glass
bitter little shards
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
hand-painted flowers
remnants of the midget’s dreams
tossed to the bridesmaids
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
box of dominoes—
two pieces rub each other
in just the wrong way
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
place of burial
the earth begins to settle
after three amens
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a wicker basket
hides a broken battle axe
under cloth of gold
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
houses with zinc roofs
shattering expectations
rusting overnight
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
glass beads for macaws
flung into the April sky
snatched by hungry beaks
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a bulging suitcase—
the clumsy woman drops it
on the railroad track
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
clocks made of carved wood
vanish just before midnight
tick again at dawn
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
invisible paths
some on land, some on sea
Moses knows the game
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
clothing left behind—
an old man without a name
tries on the trousers
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
sticks of balsa wood
listen as the cotton string
tightens on a kite
 

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Panting

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


parched and barren land
panting for refreshing rain—
threnody of dust

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Unfettered

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Brittlebush in December, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


now the land is free
bursting with blossoms again—
fragrance unfettered

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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