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Onion Sandwich: A Haibun of Imagination


My mother used to say, “It’s hard to improve on an onion sandwich.” She’d peel three small beauties, slice them, and lay the slices between thick slabs of buttered brown bread, sprinkling them with salt and pepper. She chewed slowly and thoughtfully until she had eaten every pungent morsel. Then brushing the crumbs from her lips, she’d reach across the table for her garden catalog, delve into it and dream of planting peas—and more onions—in several parts of her garden.


Winter afternoon—
two jays at the bird feeder
fight over one seed.

 

Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shrine

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La Virgen de Guadalupe on a shadowy wall, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


At a wayside shrine
a weary mother pauses,
hoping to find strength.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Where

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Wixáritari woman on Cerro de la Bufa, Zacatecas, México
 


Where, O where, has my little boy gone?
Where, O where, can he be?
I’ve looked for him high, I’ve looked for him low,
I’ve looked for him up in a tree!
 
The moment I find him, what should I do?
(I fear the search will be long.)
The thing every other mother would do:
Love him and sing him a song.

 
Poem © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Weeping

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Virgin of Guadalupe on the headstone of a woman who died at age 29, Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


last days of autumn—
somewhere a mother’s weeping
for a daughter lost

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Consolations

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Detail from a tiny triptych at Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
The painting itself is about the size of a U.S. quarter-dollar coin.
 


on the pilgrim way
a mother’s consolations
and the piercing thorns

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Single

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Mother and child, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


A single mother,
feeling hard stares from the crowd,
hurries far away.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Refugee

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Fishing boat, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, Mexico
 


refugee mother
huddling beneath the blue boat
nurses her baby

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Scarf

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Mother and child out for an early morning stroll, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


a thin scarf of light
wrapping mother and daughter
threads of morning grace

 
 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Mysteries

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Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


how a wise mother
weaves her children’s tomorrows
using threads of chance—
quotidian mysteries
falling from sensual hands

 
Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Split

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Chapel of Santo Niño de Atocha, Chimayo, New Mexico
 


how a mother’s love
makes even autumn sunlight
split the hidden seed

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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