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Haibun: Easter Meal

The anchovies on the pizza were too salty, and I’m desperately thirsty. I keep trying to drink some water, but the table wobbles and it’s hard for me to pick up the glass. I never expected to be eating alone in a sad café on a chilly Easter Sunday. Through the dirty window an almost biblical scene unfolds: sheep grazing on lush grass. A shepherd has led them there. It’s so restful to watch that I close my eyes for a moment. But the impatient water prods me back to awareness by snapping out a single word: “Finished?”

On a windy day
the white dove loses her song
somewhere on the way.


Haibun © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher 


Wrapped in a Straw Mat

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~~ 1 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat
one small square of bleached muslin
still stained with his blood
~~ 2 ~~
humming gratitude—
beggar wrapped in a straw mat
pulled from the dumpster
~~ 3 ~~
her peace offering—
an olive and a ripe fig
wrapped in a straw mat
~~ 4 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat—
an old method for praying
when nothing else works
~~ 5 ~~
an old photograph—
two boys wrapped in a straw mat
trying not to laugh
~~ 6 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat—
broken sets of dominoes
swept up from the floor
~~ 7 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat—
three smooth stones from the river
ripe with autumn’s chill
~~ 8 ~~
morality play—
a fool wrapped in a straw mat
addressing the king
~~ 9 ~~
in the high country
old women wrapped in straw mats
to ward off the chill
~~ 10 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat
to mend her broken courage
after last night’s storm
~~ 11 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat
the shepherd guarding his sheep
on a frosty night
~~ 12 ~~
wrapped in a straw mat—
some intricate needlework
from a far village

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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La Divina Pastora

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La Divina Pastora (The Divine Shepherdess), artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México

In her dreams
she gambols with lambs—
white and black.
~~ ~~ ~~
Holy Shepherdess,
lead us to the rivulet,
where your sheep may drink.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Remains of a hapless sheep, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
tickling ivories
scintillating music sound
filling the inner soul*

a lamb’s weathered shoulder bone
embracing the wind and sand

*Opening gambit by Carol L. McKenna of A Creative Harbor
Final two lines and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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