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Let Us Praise


Let us praise the raven and the rain.
Let us praise the singer and the song.
Let us praise the Cloud Spirit,
leading us to other roads
when our path is hedged and blocked
by creatures sinister and sleek.
Let us praise the river stones
whose dignity remains intact,
despite the ravages of floods and drought.
Let us praise all things great and small,
for the hundred-thousand ways
our days are measured out.

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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I almost made it to the park


I almost made it to the park,
the one smelling like an
untamed jungle,
where wild things rub
against rough trees,
leaving little tufts of fur
clinging to the bark.
I almost made it to the park,
but the spirit of the night
nudged me toward ten
thousand constellations
rumbling through the sky,
and I could not help
but take two others with me,
strangers in the flesh,
but kindred spirits,
and we watched
Cassiopeia’s Crown
crumble into dust.

 

Poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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April

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An artist’s rendition of a motorcycle on a wall in Ajo, Arizona
 
 
April is the cruellest month… (T.S. Eliot)
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
first week of April—
erasing from memory
my distant homeland
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
First week of April—
sorrow swallows my spirit,
keening shreds my tongue.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
First week of April—
a cry stays stuck in my throat,
a cry of despair.
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
First week of April—
as the wrens and robins sing,
I claw at my eyes.
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
first week of April—
crawling back from despair’s brink
one song at a time
 

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Equinox

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Sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

season by season
wilderness spirits retrace
the ancient pathways

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Equinox”

Prey

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Mission San Xavier del Bac in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona


dark sanctuary—
unsuspecting worshipers
become spirit’s prey

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif: “Predator and Prey”

The Hard Road

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~~ 1 ~~
 
as if the hard road
were nothing more than spirit
shifting in a breeze
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
as if the hard road
with all its cracks and bruising
could convey us hence
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
as if the hard road
could be negotiated
by instinct alone
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
as if the hard road
on which we staggered last night
would be smooth today
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
as if the hard road
would not hamper our footsteps
leading us astray
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
as if the hard road,
its tilt and awkward angle,
would not deter us
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
as if the hard road
could not keep pilgrims awake
as they journey on
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
as if the hard road
were the last place that we smiled
for a thousand years

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 208

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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Pathway

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Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California
 


Far from arrow-straight,
still the sacred pathway leads
to the Spirit’s house.
 
~~ ~~ ~~


Will 2015’s path be marked clearly?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Resolute

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Wind sweeps over an abandoned livestock chute, Luna, New Mexico
 


Spirit of the wind,
how resolute your warnings
in moments like these.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Spirit of the Wind”
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 188: “Resolute, Moments”

Prey