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Strange Fruits

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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 ~~
 
the first foreign place
offering scissors for sale—
Unter den Linden
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
her cotton nightgown
swaying in the morning breeze—
Mexican summer
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
pulled out of the sea
ten skirts and other flotsam
from a shattered ship
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
trees beside a stone—
hiding among their branches
twenty frightened wrens
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
propped in a fig tree
an envelope with pesos
spilling out like leaves
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
down a quiet street
carrying chrysanthemums
to the dying man
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
trays of candied fruits
tumbling out of suitcases—
night train rumbles on
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
sipping orange juice
along with their chocolate cake—
the birthday children
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the kitchen’s black stove
with germs in every crevice
leering at the cook
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
behind sunglasses
hiding a raging fever—
Bollywood starlet
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
local marmalade—
the sharp tang of orange rind
blunted by sugar
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
melon gelato—
savoring the memory
of that afternoon

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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New Ways

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~~ 1 ~~
 
bitter memory—
the night he broke her left arm
with a baseball bat
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
how an egret stands
on one leg, then the other
at the water’s edge
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
father of the bride
taking out his handkerchief
to dab at his eyes
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
first month of the year—
trying to find a new way
though she keeps stumbling
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
building a new nest—
the mice in the dead man’s shoes
tying up loose ends
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
smashing the last plate
in her mother’s collection
to vent her anger
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
ordinary rope
tying loose ends together
in a sacred knot
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a brown serape
pulled tight across his shoulders—
old man shivering
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
first weeks of the year—
in her trembling hands a rope
to steady her way
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
old men playing chess
on a chilly afternoon
fumbling every move
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
trying to sort out
the logic of a young crow
that spurns fresh road kill
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
with trembling fingers
she tries to untie the wind
tangled in the oak

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wisps

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Saguaro cactus glowing at sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


winter meadows
blossoming frost works
on window panes


wisps of distant memory
this thorny desert morning

 
*Opening gambit © by Ese at Ese’s Voice
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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