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Poring

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Fall foliage (2016) in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona
 


autumn memories—
poring over photographs
from a year ago
and wondering if the leaves
will turn vermilion again

 
Photo © 2016 and tanka © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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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After

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Deserted sidewalk café, Sedona, Arizona
 


after the party
not even a single crumb
for hungry sparrows

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Staircase

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Sedona, Arizona
 


a blues trombonist
mounting the rainbow staircase
for his midnight gig—
smoke from an open doorway
anticipating the notes

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lantern

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View of a courtyard in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, Arizona
 


Red paper lantern—
mistaking it for ripe fruit,
wrens peck at its flesh.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Blues

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Sedona, Arizona
 


a blues trombonist
mounting the rainbow staircase
for his midnight gig

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Petitions

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Prayer flags in Sedona, Arizona
 


not a sigh of wind
even humble petitions
tumbling to the ground

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hens

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Whimsical painting of hens on a building in Sedona, Arizona
 


While two hens argue
over which should get more corn,
mice cop some kernels.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Swallowed

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Red Dirt Shirts, Sedona, Arizona
 


Some shadows like to swallow buildings.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Pretender

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Old advertising sign for sale at an antique store, Sedona, Arizona
 


hued in blue and gold
morning glory pretender
climbing up the wall

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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