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Silence

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Fence post, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Afternoon silence
settles into a knothole
on a weathered post.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mountains

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


the distant mountains—
perhaps an early spring rain
will settle the dust

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Leafless

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Gnarled ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the way a blackbird
settles into the shadows
of a leafless tree

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Grotesqueries

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Each grotesquerie begins with a phrase purloined from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist who died 17 April 2014.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
dusty almond trees
all the fruit turns into glass
bitter little shards
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
hand-painted flowers
remnants of the midget’s dreams
tossed to the bridesmaids
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
box of dominoes—
two pieces rub each other
in just the wrong way
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
place of burial
the earth begins to settle
after three amens
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a wicker basket
hides a broken battle axe
under cloth of gold
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
houses with zinc roofs
shattering expectations
rusting overnight
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
glass beads for macaws
flung into the April sky
snatched by hungry beaks
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a bulging suitcase—
the clumsy woman drops it
on the railroad track
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
clocks made of carved wood
vanish just before midnight
tick again at dawn
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
invisible paths
some on land, some on sea
Moses knows the game
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
clothing left behind—
an old man without a name
tries on the trousers
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
sticks of balsa wood
listen as the cotton string
tightens on a kite
 

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Whirling with Richard Wright

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The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from Haiku: This Other World by Richard Wright.
 
This week’s whirling words are: wayward, falling, frenzy, attack, sublime, strange, settle, rough, channel, ball, robust, life

 
 


An empty seashore—
not even wayward children
picking up stray shells.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Droning autumn rain,
falling since seven a.m.—
will it never cease?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Faint sounds of a flute—
a frenzy of emotions
rising within me.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A white butterfly
positioning for attack—
sunflower shudders.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Is it possible
for sublime conversations
to spawn violence?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In an April fog
three strange women are walking—
one begins to chant.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The first day of spring,
wind roaring down from the north—
where will it settle?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Just enough of moon
to smooth off the rough edges
of one splintered bone.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Which is more distant?
The channel through the mountains
or the ocean strand?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The scarecrow shudders
as a ball of mud hurtles
toward his straw-filled cheeks.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Pen me a letter,
robust, rich, and bristling with
Anglo-Saxon words.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Walking home alone,
the life I lived unraveled
strand by strand by strand.

 
© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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