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Travel Tales

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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 ~~
 
day for gathering
praise in a sturdy backpack—
travel sustenance
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
above the doorbell
only a hint of darkness—
first day of summer
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
into his pocket
shoving the works of darkness
written on a scrap
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a French pastry shop
on a cobbled city street—
the lure of éclairs
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
sesame cookies—
hungry children devour them
Sunday afternoons
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a basket of bread—
giving thanks for seven loaves
baked fresh this morning
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the map in the car
showing a tortuous way
through the wilderness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
going the wrong way
not discerning north from south—
careless traveller
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
communion wafers—
seeking counsel on the way
from tasteless morsels
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
olives everywhere
but no wine for the thirsty—
traveller’s nightmare
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Massive olive trees—
my enemy chops them down
with his keen-edged axe.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a full moon ago
traveller fainted at dusk—
on the road again

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Splendor

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Christmas decorations, northern New Mexico
 


holiday garlands—
even the errant north wind
reveals their splendor

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Sizzling

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Gnarled ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


heat-tolerant plants—
immigrants rest till nightfall
then slip farther north
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
another sizzling day in the Sonoran

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Grotesqueries: Take Three

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Each grotesquerie begins with a phrase purloined from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist who died 17 April 2014.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
dusty iguana
without a squeak advancing
on a hapless fly
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
wind from the graveyard
a treat for ghouls and goblins
how their nostrils twitch
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Leave the whitewashed walls
to mate with floor and ceiling—
reproductive rights.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
To play the zither
you need the skill of David,
the patience of Job.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
With a gardenia
perfuming the kitchen’s pores,
all the saucers smile.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
in his burning bed
a moth begins to flutter—
messenger of grace
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the holy scriptures
where gods are meeting mortals
on unleveled fields
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
fabulous nightmare
according to the report
written in shorthand
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
jugglers with six arms
losing face when they fumble
and the balls go down
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
covered by strange maps
of fantastical places—
north wall of her room
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
at the desk scribbling
the old woman’s rueful laugh—
all her unpaid bills
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
In the sewing shop
the owner takes a survey
of the mannequins.
 
~~ 13 ~~
 
More baskets of bread
are stuck in Danish doorways
than in London lanes.
 
~~ 14 ~~
 
preaching in Latin
to pigeons in the town square—
gibbering old priest
 

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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One

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


The field to the north
is filled only with cacti
and one red blossom.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Plight

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A shadow-dappled path, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


The immigrants’ plight—
which pathway or road to take
north of the border.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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