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First Days

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~~ 1 ~~
 
first days of the year—
something that the neighbor heard
still troubling her dreams
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
first days of the year—
weaving infidelity
into her life’s tale
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
first days of the year—
a hidden greenness rising
in the oak branches
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
first day of the year—
for her missing firstborn son
unstoppable tears
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
first day of the year—
wounded bird on the sidewalk
lifting its left wing
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
first days of the year—
in the even-numbered hours,
not the odd, a song
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
first days of the year—
remembering mosquitoes
and her bitten hands
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
first days of the year—
picking at the bullet wound
from six weeks ago
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
first days of the year—
playing more digital games
to forget her pain
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
first day of the year—
a bow to the fat snowflakes
settling on my sleeve

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Bone

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Sun-bleached backbones, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Flesh retreats from bone—
even the raven’s pleading
cannot change the odds.

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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