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Not on Any Map


not on any map
the road across the desert
stretches on for years
 
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they travel by car
their destination unknown
fleeing disaster
 
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a set of footprints
swept away by whipping wind
and the ocean’s surf
 
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near a wooden door
stands a wooden rocking horse
and a lonely child
 
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morning glory seeds
tucked into an envelope—
their hidden blossoms
 
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a tentative smile
after six weeks of sorrow
in the cancer ward
 
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hanging new curtains
to defy the brilliant light
of a summer’s day
 
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blackbird in the oak—
the greatness of his wingspan
as he starts to fly
 
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hapless refugee
her sense of wonder stolen
by a border guard

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #166
 
More Poetry Pantry #407 at Poets United
 

Daybreak

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A gravel road at sunrise, Yuma County, Arizona
 


On a country road
a dove begins at daybreak
to sing a new song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
  
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

One-Eyed Crow

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Caged bird for sale, Mercado San Juan de Dios, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
 
 

A one-eyed crow
glares at me from atop
the roadside birch.
If it had hands,
it would be waving me on,
disgusted by my clothes and hair,
which are caked with mud.
But crows have no hands,
and they cannot wave,
nor can they carry sabers
to cut down their foes.
If I could capture that crow,
I’d put it in a cage
lined with newspapers
and sell it—cheap—
at Saturday’s flea market.
Instead, I am retreating
from its mocking tongue.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #126
   
More Poetry Pantry #368 at Poets United

Somewhere

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Autumn color, 2011, Oak Grove, San Diego County, California
 


A road to somewhere—
might it lead to paradise
and a feast of thanks?

 
Poem © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Appreciation”

The Absence of Tread

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A worn-out tire, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


The absence of tread
Is nothing to fear—
Just keep on rolling,
You’ll get there, my dear!
 
The way may be long,
The road may be rough,
But you and the tire
Are tougher than tough.
 
Not even danger
Can make you stay home,
Just like a mustang
You’re willing to roam.
 
So keep on rolling,
You’ll get there, it’s clear—
The absence of tread
Is nothing to fear!

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Absence”

Road

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A stone-lined pathway at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


honeysuckle scent
perfuming the ancient road
that leads to the hills
 
on a rocky road
women with delicate feet
walking with their gods
 
fresh winds from the west
erasing every footprint
from the pilgrim way

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Fresh”
 
More: A Prompt Each Day: “Rocky Road”
 
More Carpe Diem Full Circle Challenge: “Heaven”

Overgrown

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Wilderness area, Orange County, California
 


Overgrown with brush,
an ancient road still beckons
adventurous souls.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Ancient Road”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Useless

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Wayside debris, Southern Arizona
 


tossed along the road
a useless bit of citrus
perfuming the way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Haiku Heights: “Useless”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine

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
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 137: “Road, Border, Plight”