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Departures

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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 ~~
 
a smooth departure—
bathed in early morning light
she lifts her suitcase
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Holding a suitcase
packed with troubles and sorrows
she limps down the street.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
shops lining the street—
she stops to ask one seller
the price of his plums
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
in a secret house
made of stones from the river
little nests of mice
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
searching for a house
where fiery beings shimmer
in the crevices
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Near the kitchen door
a spray of yellow roses
brightens the cook’s day.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
into the same pot
tossing seeds and stars and stones—
old kitchen magic
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a tiny corner table
the merest squirt of mustard
to spice up her meal
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Light rakes the water
as old men reeling in fish
laugh at their good luck.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
as a dark presence
ready to strike passersby—
the coiled garden hose
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
In their narrow cells
the monks begin each morning
with prayers learned by heart.

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Kept

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Spent sunflower, Yuma East Wetlands, Yuma, Arizona
 


Though petals wither,
beauty’s promises are kept
by ripening seeds.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Legacy

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Remnants of wildflowers, Northern Arizona
 


first frost’s legacy—
bouquets of wasted flowers
ready to sow seeds

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Worship

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Globe Mallow seedhead at twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


wilderness at dawn
no one bowing in worship
before the ripe seeds

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Seeds

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Ironwood (Olneya tesota) seeds, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


how ripening seeds
ripple with fertility
sing of abundance

 

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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