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Departures

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
a smooth departure—
bathed in early morning light
she lifts her suitcase
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Holding a suitcase
packed with troubles and sorrows
she limps down the street.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
shops lining the street—
she stops to ask one seller
the price of his plums
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
in a secret house
made of stones from the river
little nests of mice
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
searching for a house
where fiery beings shimmer
in the crevices
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Near the kitchen door
a spray of yellow roses
brightens the cook’s day.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
into the same pot
tossing seeds and stars and stones—
old kitchen magic
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a tiny corner table
the merest squirt of mustard
to spice up her meal
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Light rakes the water
as old men reeling in fish
laugh at their good luck.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
as a dark presence
ready to strike passersby—
the coiled garden hose
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
In their narrow cells
the monks begin each morning
with prayers learned by heart.

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Songs

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An outdoor altar at El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico
 


first days of the year—
a singer wakes up humming
songs he learned from stones

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Vying

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Northern Arizona
 


Three stones in the wash
vying for my attention—
the smallest one wins.

 
 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Stones

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Prehistoric animal chipped in stone, Painted Rock Petroglyph Site near Gila Bend, Arizona
 


stones telling stories
in tongues heard eons ago—
stars still know the plot

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Potsherds

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Ceramic decoration left by a young visitor, reduced to potsherds, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


broken into bits
by midsummer’s fearsome heat—
tokens of the quest

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Far

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Iron wheel on farm equipment, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


How far we have come
from the land of stones and thorns—
how far yet to go!

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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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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Harmony

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


long and wearisome
the way to burning mountain
stones in one accord

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Remembering

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River stone, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


in a desert land
stones from rivers far away
muttering dark tales
 
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
 
fingering these stones
remembering the builders
and the destroyers

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Stumbling

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One of many ancient ruins at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


stumbling over stones
left so many springs ago
no one knows the tale

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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