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Inn

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La Virgen de Guadalupe at a wayside shrine, Ajo, Arizona
 


The faithful draw near,
hoping to learn life’s secrets—
old inn of desire.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Monday Mellow Yellows
 
More Carpe Diem: “Secrets of Life”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Mornings with Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Swallows

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Why does the preacher
berate the flight* of swallows,
saying they need Christ?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
how Pentecostals
insist that gulps* of swallows
speak in other tongues
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Has God forgotten
to feed the flight of swallows
flitting through the air?
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Why does the prophet
harangue the gulp of swallows
till they flee his wrath?

 
* Flight and gulp are the collective nouns used for swallows.
 
Text © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Kikaku’s ‘Flock of Swallows'”

Ten Thousand Sonnets

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ten thousand sonnets
distinct as precious gemstones
polished and gleaming
 
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ten thousand sonnets—
this irrational season
abloom with wild words
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
ten thousand sonnets—
even sullen old women
cannot hide their joy

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Distinct, Irrational, Sullen”

Hazy

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Alzheimer’s patient—
pilgrimage to India
through her hazy mind

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “A Journey to India”

Weaving

Virgin in disguise
Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


how a wise mother
weaves her children’s tomorrows
using threads of chance

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Mornings with Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon

How She Whirls

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Who is the woman
nestled in that tiny space
beneath the rafters?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
old charwoman sings
mopping the floor by degrees
sunrise to sunset
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
She begins to move
toward the vision in her heart—
a fluttering moth.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
She eats only fruit,
persuaded by what she dreamed
to eschew all flesh.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
how she whirls
refusing to stay
in one place
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
when her period
becomes a big question mark
her worries begin
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
If the moment comes
when all her years fall away,
what will she do then?
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
But for one small song,
she has no tribute to bring
to wise old raven.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl

Late

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In ten thousand years,
God has been late only once:
when Eve plucked the fruit.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku Heights: “Late”

Monsoon Dancer

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Sacred Heart Church, Farmington, New Mexico
 


When you deign to dance,
my Lady of the Monsoons,
every desert blooms.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Monsoon’s Dance”
 
More Mornings with Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon

A Short Whirl with Richard

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The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from Haiku: This Other World by Richard Wright. I’m viewing the Perseid meteor shower as far from city lights as I can get; hence, this short version of The Sunday Whirl.
 


 
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Flashing glints of spring
illuminate the river
all the way to Bonn.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in the dusty woods
three wizened women pounding
acorns into meal
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
this path to sleep in
beside the concrete fence posts—
may no horses come
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
On a mountain ridge
she draws a simple circle
to protect herself.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
The first ant of spring
comes within striking distance
of the beggar’s hand.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
In the dead man’s room,
they strain to keep on praying
for his soul’s repose.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl

The Old Nazi Sings

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The old Nazi sings—
Jewish mothers go berserk,
hugging their children.
 
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The old Nazi sings—
who can duplicate the words
vilifying Jews?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The old Nazi sings—
to quibble with his hatred
is a fruitless task.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Berserk, Duplicate, Quibble”