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Palo verde blossoms, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

~~ 1 ~~
First weekend of spring—
an outcry from a boulder
startles the blind man.
~~ 2 ~~
First weekend of spring—
by reading classics aloud,
she consoles herself.
~~ 3 ~~
first weekend of spring—
beach boys beating their sandals
to rid them of sand
~~ 4 ~~
First weekend of spring—
exhausted, though the surf pounds,
she sleeps on the shore.
~~ 5 ~~
First weekend of spring—
she tries to name the birdsong
that disturbs her sleep.
~~ 6 ~~
First weekend of spring—
a flame in the eastern sky
makes the blind man flinch.

Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

with arms open wide
she welcomes the evening waves
as they roll to shore

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Odd Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
How far we have come
from the land of stones and thorns—
how far yet to go!
~~ 2 ~~
birth pangs at midnight
the poem in my belly
kicking to be free
~~ 3 ~~
resting for an hour
in the shadows of the pines—
river in her heart
~~ 4 ~~
morning sacrifice—
how one feather on the shore
appeases the gods
~~ 5 ~~
Even a free bird
cannot sprout another wing
when one is broken.
~~ 6 ~~
singing down the sun
one more time
~~ 7 ~~
fencepost silhouette
pressed against the western sky
spangled with new stars
~~ 8 ~~
shadowy walkway—
a beggar without a face
stretching out his hand
~~ 9 ~~
Red paper lantern—
mistaking it for ripe fruit,
wrens peck at its flesh.
~~ 10 ~~
Near the Buddha’s feet
a lily of the valley
makes itself at home.
~~ 11 ~~
a day-old doughnut
drizzled with powdered sugar
beggar’s evening feast
~~ 12 ~~
afternoon monsoon—
sinuous lines of lightning
snaking through the sky

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

On the second day
seven spirits twine the shore—
how they conjure light!

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Discarded stirrup, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
by the shore
discarded lovers
broken shells*

sea-rider’s old stirrup
lies bleaching in the sand

*Haiku by John Belchamber of “Five-Seven-Five”
Final two lines © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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wolves on the lake shore
snapping at the morning mist—
a frightened loon shrieks

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Southard’s ‘The Cry of a Loon'”