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Haibun: Give Thanks

“I’m too tired to be grateful,” I growl, and sip a third cup of coffee. I listen to my watch ticking. I remember the scent of the tangerine I peeled on a long-ago Thanksgiving Day. The citrus oils stung my chapped fingers, making me wince. But that was the best tangerine I have ever tasted. And the longer I live, the more clearly I see that I can choose how my day will go by changing my attitude. “Don’t be fooled,” I say to myself, “gratitude is the path to contentment. Make every day a holy day. Give thanks.”

autumn meander—
making my way toward twilight
with a few detours


Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher



Detail from a Huichol tapestry, Museo Zacatecano, Zacatecas, México

too many summers
since her man took the night train—
plum scent in the wind

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Nuns waiting for a bus, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, February 2014

waiting for a bus
the lonely scent of winter
mingles with their prayers

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

in tangled places
where no weary foot dares tread—
the scent of danger

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Autumn afternoon, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

ten thousand tulips
hidden somewhere in the sand
along with their scent
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
autumn afternoon
darting into the shadows
a terrified mouse

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Tanka Times Three

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From this week’s smorgasbord of words, I have chosen: free, dash, flee, threat, scent, try

~~ 1 ~~
birth pangs at midnight
the poem in my belly
kicking to be free—
the dash to my writing desk
for a quick delivery
~~ 2 ~~
ravenous turtle
lumbering through the garden—
terrified gnats flee
from the threat of extinction
deep in the turtle’s gullet
~~ 3 ~~
From phantom kitchens
voluptuous scents erupt
over the city—
sniffing at the fragrant air,
I try to quell my hunger.

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Detail of a screen door

tantalizing flies—
the scent of sugar syrup
seeping through the screen

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

even in half-light
still dreaming of the manger
and the scent of hay

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona

The cleft affords a grand view.

high country morning—
through a cleft in the stone wall
the scent of campfires

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Insect on a yucca plant, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

ravenous insect
lying in wait for its lunch—
the scent of ichor

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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