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Haibun: Bathing the Turtle


Sheltered by a stand of willows, I watch a young boy giving his pet turtle a scrub in the pond. Obviously this turtle’s well cared for, and no disease will carry it away. Such empathy! I fight the urge to cry out, “What a great kid!” If only I had some flowers to leave to show my appreciation for this boy’s tenderness. But I must go. Thankful for this little diversion from the day’s bad news, I turn toward home. It’s a long walk. If I’m lucky, I’ll get there before dark.
 
All my bitter tears
vanish in a single note
from the blackbird’s throat.

 

Haibun © by Magical Mystical Teacher

 

Basking

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Turtle garden feature, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


far from fog and frost
turtle basks in autumn sun
waiting for a fly

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Turtle

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Ceramic turtle, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


ravenous turtle
lumbering through the garden—
terrified gnats flee
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Old Turtle Woman
rummages in the garden
for succulent flies.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Turtle”