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Poring

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Fall foliage (2016) in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona
 


autumn memories—
poring over photographs
from a year ago
and wondering if the leaves
will turn vermilion again

 
Photo © 2016 and tanka © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Memories”

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Cluster

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Colorful aspen leaves, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


faith along the way—
a cluster of yellow leaves
guiding her footsteps

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Faith”

Nap

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Autumn color, Northern Arizona
 

an afternoon nap—
the shape of the old dog’s breath
among autumn leaves

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Shape”

Dawn

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


birth of a new day—
songs emerging from each leaf
celebrate the light

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Birth”

Quaking

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Cottonwood leaf in autumn, Apache County, Arizona
 


Quaking conversations held by autumn leaves…

 
Text © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Quaking”

Daylight

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Wayside wildflower, Northern Arizona
 


essence of daylight
nestled in fragile petals
and serrated leaves

 
 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2016: “One with Nature”

Freshening

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Autumn leaves, Northern Arizona
 


freshening the graves
blanketed by crimson leaves—
last chore of autumn

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Teaching Forever

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Sometimes I think I can teach forever.
Sometimes the dark circles under my eyes
tell me that it’s foolish to try to teach one more hour.
Last night the angels of sleep
abandoned me,
interrupted my erotic dream,
laughed at me in my distress!
Now it’s five o’clock Monday morning
and I’m propping up my head with one hand
while writing this lament with the other.
I’d like to forget my lesson plans
and start reading a good book
until I fall asleep again,
waking up around noon
to write fragments of poetry
or a letter to a friend.
Instead, I have to eat breakfast, shower
and change into something suitable for work.
Then I have to drag my weary body
into my classroom where sixteen sullen students
with learning disabilities
will watch me impassively as I try to teach them
about figurative language:
Simi—what? Meta—who? Personifi—why?
We don’t care.

Is their theft of my time worth it,
their theft that leaves me wasted?
Today, probably not.
But tomorrow or the day after
something might change.
And that is the hope that keeps me going,
the grace that spurs me on,
even when all the light is gone
and all I want to do
is crawl back under the covers.

 

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #272
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #27

Restless

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Animas River near Cedar Hill, San Juan County, New Mexico
 


In an old photo
restless leaves are still turning
into little suns.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Wednesday Waters #24
 
More Carpe Diem: “Colorful Leaves”
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Restless”

Bouquet

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A tile mosaic in the courtyard at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


in a crimson vase
a bouquet of wildflowers
still holding their leaves

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Leaves”