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Painted Sky

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
  


In the painted sky
three notes from coyote’s mouth
linger until dawn.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wine

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Waterfall, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


drinking from the falls
in the absence of a pub—
wine of loneliness
always clinging to my tongue
even though I rinse my mouth

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Whirling with Donald Hall

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This week’s words: race, silky, lanky, whiskey, puddle, pain, mouth, isolate, murky, breath, marsh, razor, befuddled

 
The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from Donald Hall’s “Stump.”


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
I am used to it—
the hangovers each morning,
whisky on his breath.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
white blossoms that last
barely a day in this heat
but weeks in a dream
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
where the warm water
gathers into a puddle—
marsh in the making
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
The shade of old summers
is drawn to isolate me
from inner weather.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Every afternoon
murky ways lie before me—
befuddled am I.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
In the gray winter
pain joins my race to the end—
no one wins this one.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
scraping the stiff snows
with a dull straight-edge razor
unbearding winter
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
The little garden
silky with cobwebs at dusk—
Jesus comes to pray.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
By night a bare trunk,
gaunt and lanky as Lincoln,
leans against the stars.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Photo Album

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This week’s words: amalgam, gravel, trash, nothing, cheat, vacant, brick, mouth, tentacles, fence, notices, everything, balance
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
an old photograph
amalgam of sepias
staining the paper
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Forties photograph—
we are planting apple trees
near the gravel pit.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
She writes poetry
on the photograph’s edges—
two words rhyme with trash.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Her crushing losses—
nothing in the photograph,
but what is missing.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
See this photograph?
Even though her bed’s on fire,
still you cheat on me!
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
From the photograph
she stares out with vacant eyes—
no one knows her name.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
Frankfurt photograph—
graffiti stains a brick wall,
while old men play chess.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
her mouth makes an O
staring at the photograph
of the one she loves
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Grandma’s photograph—
apron strings in disarray
tentacles of grace
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
Old fence photograph—
cowboys will never forget
mustangs corralled there.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
A faded photo—
she notices his squinting
eighty years ago.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
everything but one
shows in the old photograph—
miser’s wizened heart
 
~~ 13 ~~
 
on a balance beam
the small child in the photo
smiles with confidence

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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