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Long Moons Ago

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Winter full moon setting over Wellton, Arizona just before daybreak
 


Long moons ago I had a penny;
I thought it was a lot of money.
I clutched it, saying, “I’m so rich now!”
My father thought that I was funny.
 
The years have passed, I still count pennies,
But this I count a much greater boon:
To linger near the palms at midnight,
Admiring the fullness of the moon.


 
Poem © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Money”

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Perhaps

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Rugged mountains near Ajo, Arizona
 


Perhaps a blackbird
will swoop down from the mountain,
perhaps the full moon.

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
  
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Coin

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Full moon setting over Wellton, Arizona just before daybreak
 


A ten-rupee coin—
this also is a full moon,
fitting in my hand.

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Moon”

At your touch


at your touch on this cold night
I lean into your hair
which smells of moons and stars
gratefully inhaling the scent
that makes me tipsy
as a hummingbird
too full of nectar
 
the faces of our children
not yet born
will glow with wonder
when we tell this story
thirty years from now
and they will tell it to their children
speaking in hushed voices:
 
how a farmer loved his wife
through sixty years of drought and plenty
while suns and stars and planets
kept whirling round the fields
and wistful neighbors spoke with reverence
of the fertile pair

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #144
   
More Poetry Pantry #386 at Poets United

Glimpses

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Strawberry cactus, (Mammillaria dioica), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California, February 2017
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
naked figurines
their alabaster bellies
shining in the light
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
somewhere in the ’hood—
poems kicked to the gutter
begging for mercy
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
at the hoarder’s house—
lockets stuffed with old photos
too many to count
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
a bloated old man
bathed by his daughter at noon
then tucked into bed
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
ambling down the street
with a basket on her arm—
market day again
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
The way the moon leans
into the battered dumpster,
you’d think it was drunk.

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
More Macro Monday 2
  
More Sunday’s Whirligig #100
  
More Poetry Pantry #342 at Poets United

Haiku My Heart

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Yavapai County, Arizona
 

Under ice-blue skies,
the scrub-oak-shrouded mountains
keep time with the moon.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
Lovers of small words and small poems usually gather each Friday at Recuerda Mi Corazon to share their haiku. Because Rebecca is in San Miguel de Allende today and next Friday, this will be our gathering place. Welcome!
 
 

Vying

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Ironwood tree in bloom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Among the blossoms
one vies with the crescent moon
for a brighter spot.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Poetry Pantry #311
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Among”
 
More Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2016: “One with Nature”

Ragged

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Brittlebush in bloom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

brittlebush blossoms
even the ragged edges
outshine the full moon

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Blossoming

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Moonrise at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California


Yosa Buson’s haiku about pear blossoms and moonlight inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

White blossoms of the pear
and a woman in moonlight
reading a letter.

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


the moon blossoming
just enough for a woman
to write love letters

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Favorite Haiku by Buson”

Knitting

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Apache County, Northern Arizona
 

old woman knitting
three songs for the waxing moon—
one about fences

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Tonight’s Moon”