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Clumsy Attempts

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~~ 1 ~~
 
wide-awake children
in refugee settlements
whirling at midnight
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in the poppy field
no sign of holy water—
pilgrim pushes on
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Why begrudge the stone
underneath the forest pine
its endless silence?
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
her shouts of anger
pulling him out of his dreams
Sunday afternoon
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a spider
bereft of its web
in mourning
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
molecules of dust
settling in the dead man’s eyes
open and staring
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
how from the crow’s tongue
seven shrill alarms clang out
over the cornfield
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
how the youngest child
fearing the sting of the wasp
runs from the meadow
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
sunny afternoon
in the middle of winter—
ten thousand questions
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
her clumsy attempts
to make sense out of nonsense—
the latest shooting

 
Haiku © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Threading

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


threading her way
through the cactus needles
hidden spider

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Arranging

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Mural, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Before the paint dries
on the mural, a spider
arranges her web.

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Web

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Spider, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


after my walk:
a perfect spider web
stuck to my glasses


how magical the world looks
through a thousand silken strands

 
*Opening gambit © by Lee Gurga
 
Final two lines © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Ripe

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Spider, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


stumbling home at dusk
a spider ripe with eggs
blocking my way

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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