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A blurry photograph of someone’s fingertips
 


old woman’s vision—
not quite what it used to be
forty years ago

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Vision”

Reasons

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Each haiku begins with a phrase taken from A New Moon by Bruce H. Feingold.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
towards a high plateau
her labor at this altitude
for the slightest breath
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on a granite ledge
she attempts to justify
her reasons to jump
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
the darkest silence
broken by a single chime
of the druid’s bell
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
way-worn traveler
trundling down a twisting path
till it meets the sea
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
swirling in the dust
where a crevice meets the sky—
ecstatic dervish
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
the bright graffiti
plunging her into despair
this foggy morning
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lying wide awake
she masticates dry saltines
for a comfort food
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
shoulder to shoulder
two old queers dressed in leather
shambling down the street
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
swallows skim the dusk
making no alliance with
bats or mosquitoes
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
the doves call louder
as though they have a vision
of impending doom
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
a green sea turtle
straddling a hole in the sand
where she lays her eggs
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a final haiku
something more combustible
than the ones before

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Monday Wordle #48

Vision

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Dead saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


my sweat lodge vision—
an old saguaro’s carcass
crumbling in the sun

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Garry Gay’s ‘Sweat Lodge'”