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Quirky Couplets

How bothersome it is when flies
Buzz my coffee at sunrise!
If you have a fretful wife,
Be prepared for lots of strife!
Swat the spider, set it free
From its webbed captivity!
A deep hole—imagine that!
Will it fit inside my hat?
My bicycle is looping round and round the park;
Morning, noon, and afternoon—even in the dark!
Roses for the weekend, every weekday too;
Roses, darling, roses—yellow ones for you.


Couplets © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Cemetery, Mission San Antonio de Pala, Pala, California

in a place of death
how puzzling to see roses
blooming unconcerned

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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~~ 1 ~~
red roses growing
in tar pits
among loathsome bones
with rotting sinews
~~ 2 ~~
The bowl of water
does not sense its own wetness,
nor the twig its bud.
Mud knows not its sliminess,
nor do thorns their prickliness.
~~ 3 ~~
When the ship I love
leaves the harbor without me,
seagulls lose their voice,
their little silvery tongues
weighed down by loathsome cankers.
~~ 4 ~~
heaped in the temple
ten thousand desperate pleas
unanswered by God—
perhaps a thief in the night
will snatch the sweet ones away
~~ 5 ~~
last downpour of spring—
even the woman who sins
murmurs prayers of thanks

Tanka and haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona

Their children left blue roses
On their dusty grave
As a sign of gratitude
For the love they gave.

Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Tile key inlaid in concrete, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona

a magical key
unlocking secret gardens
where white roses bloom

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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roses in a bowl
to animate her spirit
this month of mourning
~~ ~~ ~~
A bowl of flowers—
impassioned by the fragrance,
she slips off her dress.
~~ ~~ ~~
Flowers in a bowl—
the crone would sore pervert them
with her darkling arts.

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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