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Looking

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Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


looking for a sign
amid the tangled branches—
any one will do

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shrine

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Shrine to La Virgen de Guadalupe (chicken wire to prevent birds from nesting), Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


A little blue shrine
Is guarding the grave;
It stands as a sign
Of hope that all crave.

 
 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sign

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Macro sign, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Even a small sign
can guide a pilgrim’s footsteps
on the homeward way.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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First Whirl of February

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The first line of each breath-of-a-poem is taken from phrases found in A Year in the World by Frances Mayes.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
their morning coffee—
spring, summer, fall, and winter
taking it with cream
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on the balcony
sharing an afternoon drink
fragrant vin rosé
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
on an envelope
one thin line of poetry
trailing to the edge
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
clutching photographs
faded ones from long ago
in her tight right hand
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a votive candle
casting a shadowy spell
in the holy place
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
through the spice bazaar
following an old woman
laden with saffron
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
open till midnight—
a sign taped to the window
restoring our hope
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
on a lamp table
two little stacks of spare change
enough for bus fare
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
from her only son
a letter written with flair—
loops and flourishes
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
a heap of rubble
where the freeway bridge once stood—
earthquake aftermath

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Kingfisher

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Early morning at a retirement community golf course, Southern Arizona
 


kingfisher morning—
scanning the placid waters
for one piscine sign

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Whirling On

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Each haiku begins with a Wordle word.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
Maybe a raven
knows more about nasturtiums
than ever I will.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
miles beyond this place
thirty or forty or more
a ruined garden
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
words lost long ago
under bison bones bleaching
on Kansas prairies
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
scorch marks on his shirt—
first signs of her defiance
of his tyranny
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
chime and tambourine
and incense in the temple—
bridges between worlds
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
trite conversation
over day-old glazed doughnuts
at the sad café
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
spell of cold weather—
taking out of the closet
her wool kimono
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
land covered with snow—
corn hidden from hungry geese
and foraging mice
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
spirit of the quilt
wrapping her in dreams of peace
though she sleeps alone
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
aim of the hunter
sighting a mandarin duck—
how his bow trembles
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
mind of the pilgrim
distracted by the bedbugs
in the wayside inn
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
sign of good fortune
the year’s first calligraphy
brushed in crimson ink

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Fortune Teller

Stepping down
 
Bougainvillea petals litter a sidewalk, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


a single sunbeam
scribbling runes on fallen leaves—
autumn graffiti


the half-blind fortune teller
sniffing for a sign of life

 
*Opening gambit by Mark M. Redfearn
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Pretender

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Old advertising sign for sale at an antique store, Sedona, Arizona
 


hued in blue and gold
morning glory pretender
climbing up the wall

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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