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Disparate Tales

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Fallen leaf, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona

~~ 1 ~~
three kids on the run
deciding which bus to take—
their furtive glances
~~ 2 ~~
during the first hymn
an old woman coughs in church—
the alto just glares
~~ 3 ~~
swinging the scissors
from one hand to the other—
ambidextrous boy
~~ 4 ~~
wilderness matins—
the liturgy of weirdness
in a lizard’s tail
~~ 5 ~~
after last night’s storm
the smell of white flower heads
battered by hailstones
~~ 6 ~~
autumn afternoon—
the old Chevy’s clicking valves
keeping cricket time
~~ 7 ~~
dabbing away tears
after the graveside service—
the sergeant’s widow

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Strange Fruits

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.

~~ 1 ~~
the first foreign place
offering scissors for sale—
Unter den Linden
~~ 2 ~~
her cotton nightgown
swaying in the morning breeze—
Mexican summer
~~ 3 ~~
pulled out of the sea
ten skirts and other flotsam
from a shattered ship
~~ 4 ~~
trees beside a stone—
hiding among their branches
twenty frightened wrens
~~ 5 ~~
propped in a fig tree
an envelope with pesos
spilling out like leaves
~~ 6 ~~
down a quiet street
carrying chrysanthemums
to the dying man
~~ 7 ~~
trays of candied fruits
tumbling out of suitcases—
night train rumbles on
~~ 8 ~~
sipping orange juice
along with their chocolate cake—
the birthday children
~~ 9 ~~
the kitchen’s black stove
with germs in every crevice
leering at the cook
~~ 10 ~~
behind sunglasses
hiding a raging fever—
Bollywood starlet
~~ 11 ~~
local marmalade—
the sharp tang of orange rind
blunted by sugar
~~ 12 ~~
melon gelato—
savoring the memory
of that afternoon

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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