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Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico

summer afternoon—
perhaps one cloud holds raindrops
for the thirsty dove

Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Travel Tales

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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 ~~
day for gathering
praise in a sturdy backpack—
travel sustenance
~~ 2 ~~
above the doorbell
only a hint of darkness—
first day of summer
~~ 3 ~~
into his pocket
shoving the works of darkness
written on a scrap
~~ 4 ~~
a French pastry shop
on a cobbled city street—
the lure of éclairs
~~ 5 ~~
sesame cookies—
hungry children devour them
Sunday afternoons
~~ 6 ~~
a basket of bread—
giving thanks for seven loaves
baked fresh this morning
~~ 7 ~~
the map in the car
showing a tortuous way
through the wilderness
~~ 8 ~~
going the wrong way
not discerning north from south—
careless traveller
~~ 9 ~~
communion wafers—
seeking counsel on the way
from tasteless morsels
~~ 10 ~~
olives everywhere
but no wine for the thirsty—
traveller’s nightmare
~~ 11 ~~
Massive olive trees—
my enemy chops them down
with his keen-edged axe.
~~ 12 ~~
a full moon ago
traveller fainted at dusk—
on the road again

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Timeless Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
feeble old woman
attempting to bathe herself—
soap slips from her hand
~~ 2 ~~
finding a table
where we can sip tea and think
about the next steps
~~ 3 ~~
in his little shop
the sharpener of razors
stropping the last one
~~ 4 ~~
outside her window
the tinkling of bronze wind chimes
as darkness descends
~~ 5 ~~
bowls on the table—
in the azure one a storm
brewing in the broth
~~ 6 ~~
a wicker hamper
filled with sweet and sour dumplings—
lovers’ picnic feast
~~ 7 ~~
humming to himself
as he reaches for the hose—
thirsty gardener
~~ 8 ~~
longing to partake
of sweet and juicy gossip—
the famine women
~~ 9 ~~
a bowl of olives
alarming the residents
of the nursing home
~~ 10 ~~
A bag of poems—
the apple seller hides it
behind the last bin.
~~ 11 ~~
I share this secret
with you and with the north wind—
autumn is coming.
~~ 12 ~~
An almond wafer—
if it could speak my language,
I would not eat it.

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

how barren places
piping a thin green music
restore thirsty souls

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

familiar faces—
thirsty roots and barren sands
nuzzling each other

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sacred Heart Church, Farmington, New Mexico

riversong flowing
through a dry and thirsty land—
holiness abloom

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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