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Crow

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Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


Through the cloudless sky
a crow forges a new path
to its nest of twigs.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Four Tanka

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~~ 1 ~~
 
Sing me a riddle:
How many crooked pathways
make a journey whole?
How much food for sustenance
will you need on the long walk?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Making no progress
while trying to navigate
her soul’s deep waters,
she struggles to breathe slowly
to conserve her energy.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Murmuring prayers
that could double as weapons,
a renegade priest
transforms wine into water—
his convoluted world view.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Run to the orchard!
It is time to name the fruit
clinging to the trees,
and to pick the juiciest
with your deft and practiced hand.

 
Tanka © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Addled

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Forgotten garden gloves, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


addled gardener
dropping her gloves in the path
as the wild goose calls
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
gloves—no hands to fill them

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hidden

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Saguaro cactus, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


on a mountain path
hidden from all prying ears
an untold story

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘On a Mountain Path'”

Snaking

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


a path to somewhere
snaking through the barren waste—
to follow or not

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Experience”

Wingless

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Garden at Sanguinetti House Museum, Yuma, Arizona
 


seeking one ripe plum
on a level garden path—
wingless butterfly

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Wings”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Shortcut

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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Arizona
 


on the shortcut path
ten thousand shifting shadows
rushing at my feet

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Buson’s ‘On the Shortcut Path'”

Trust

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Pathway, Pecos National Historical Park, northern New Mexico
 


Does not the pilgrim
simply trust the open path,
though the way is long?

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Issa’s ‘Simply Trust'”

Leading

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Ocotillo blossoms, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


on a level path
ten thousand crimson blossoms
leading to the hills

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Homeward

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A neglected garden at Fábrica La Aurora, , San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, February 2014
 


tangled garden path—
pilgrims on their homeward way
chanting with the sun

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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