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Bits and Pieces

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~~ 1 ~~
leaning on his cane
grandpa in the nursing home
ogles the nurses
~~ 2 ~~
cat in the kitchen
unwinding a ball of yarn
with his white-tipped paw
~~ 3 ~~
rushing out the door
without glancing backward once—
terrified priestess
~~ 4 ~~
ravenous seagull
hovering near the dumpster—
last night’s crumbs for lunch
~~ 5 ~~
summer afternoon—
the ringing of clear laughter
from the neighbor’s yard
~~ 6 ~~
out-of-date lenses—
a minor blur in vision
makes him look again
~~ 7 ~~
rusting ship’s anchor
cast down at the water’s edge—
one crab scuttles by
~~ 8 ~~
old man’s rheumy eyes
flicker in recognition
in the nursing home

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona

among the tombstones
a leaning memorial—
too many winters

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Small Consolations

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~~ 1 ~~
in a field of maize
southward seven miles or more
three marauding crows
~~ 2 ~~
puzzling over why
the brown donkey at daybreak
still sleeps in the straw
~~ 3 ~~
a Kansas farmer
still leaning into the wind
after forty years
~~ 4 ~~
planting a garden
twenty years in the same place—
corn pollen poems
~~ 5 ~~
a famished people
looking to depleted soil
for their daily bread
~~ 6 ~~
a strand of brown hair
the width of a dying breath
caught in the wren’s mouth
~~ 7 ~~
an open Bible
warning of the pestilence
that lurks at noonday
~~ 8 ~~
her longing to be
a mystic on the mountain—
no more scrubbing floors
~~ 9 ~~
her feeble attempts
to stay her wandering feet—
one more trip to Rome
~~ 10 ~~
hollow promises—
tongues clattering empty vows
on their wedding day
~~ 11 ~~
purple rebozo—
trying to ward off the chill
after the bad news
~~ 12 ~~
on the pilgrim way
consolation of ravens
and comfort of stones

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Virgen de San Juan de los Lagos at a wayside shrine, Ajo, Arizona

at a wayside shrine
a dozen weary pilgrims
leaning into grace

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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