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Nonsense to Celebrate Daylight Saving Time


Water spilling from a cup—
Will you help me wipe it up?
Grass is crying in the rain—
Watch out now, here comes a train!
Throw the broken plate away,
And then ask your friend to play.
Sing and sway, don’t rock the boat!
Just remember: Stones can’t float!


 
Poem © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Haibun: Imagine


Imagine that you can go back in time to when you first loved the sound of rain in the night, or when you first identified the singing of the thrush. I know what you’re thinking: I’ll always be stuck in the here-and-now. But you don’t have to be. Imagine!
 
In the autumn woods
a tree stump becomes a throne
for an aging queen.


 

Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 

Let Us Praise


Let us praise the raven and the rain.
Let us praise the singer and the song.
Let us praise the Cloud Spirit,
leading us to other roads
when our path is hedged and blocked
by creatures sinister and sleek.
Let us praise the river stones
whose dignity remains intact,
despite the ravages of floods and drought.
Let us praise all things great and small,
for the hundred-thousand ways
our days are measured out.

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
More Sunday’s Whirligig #159
   
More Poetry Pantry #401 at Poets United

Blue Monday

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Desert landscape with deep blue sky, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


wilderness flora
united in enduring
lack of winter rain

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Unity”
 
 

After

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Dusk, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona
 


after last night’s rain
the pathway through the cacti
less sharp than before

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday

Blessings

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August evening, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona
 


tantalizing clouds—
chances are fifty-fifty
for blessings of rain

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Blessings”

Tantalizing

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Summer monsoon season, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


tantalizing clouds—
chances are fifty-fifty
that some rain will fall

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Prayer in Time of Drought

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Lord, the little plants need water.
 
Send Your healing rain.
 
Let the sound of its falling
 
refresh my weary soul
 
as I walk barefoot through the garden,
 
damp earth beneath my feet,
 
thinking of all Your marvelous ways—
 
how You never force Yourself upon me,
 
but like light that warms or blinds,
 
You come to me each day,
 
inviting me to choose,
 
and in this time of drought
 
I choose blindness.
 
Dazzle me with Your presence
 
in each drop of rain.

 

Poem © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #301
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #58

Mountains

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


the distant mountains—
perhaps an early spring rain
will settle the dust

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Spinning

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


spinning thunderheads—
so many rugs are woven
from threads of thin rain

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher