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Seeking

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Plaza de Armas, Zacatecas, México
 


in time of trouble
seeking the soothing waters—
seven miles to go

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Time”

Organic Riffs

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~~ 1 ~~
 
organic cherries—
red and ripe and luscious
in a blue-green bowl
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
our midsummer’s feast—
dining on organic figs
and wedges of cheese
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
organic apples—
whining about the bruises
that soften their flesh
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
organic silence—
good news for the old poet
scribbling at midnight
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
ripe organic plums—
ants come from three miles away
for the summer feast
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
my shoes coming loose—
organic cotton laces
crumbling into dust
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
for ripe fruit she pants—
bunches of fat purple grapes
organic, luscious

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #55
 
More Midweek Motif at Poet’s United: “Organic”

Rift

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Intermittent rainstorms, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


between spring downpours
a rift in the thunderheads—
seven miles from home

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Home”

Ninety

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Showers of blossoms on a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


ninety miles or more
from the tree with yellow blooms
one more frost to go

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Ninety”

Bench

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


bench beside the way
resting place for weary ones
seven miles to go

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Splinters

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Old water wagon with crumbling wheels, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


reading the splinters
of my unfolding journey—
countless miles to go

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “The Inanimate”

Beyond

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Early September, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


beyond the mountains
maybe fifty miles or more
oak the crow calls home

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

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
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #236
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 196

Hiking

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Southern California
 


Old pines do a shadow dance.


hiking up parched hills
through the coolness of the pines—
ten more miles to go

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Hiking”
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Miles

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Nuns waiting for a bus, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, February 2014
 


many miles to go
as evening shadows lengthen—
pilgrims know the way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem #401
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2