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Six Ways of Blackbird

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A cactus wren made of wood, mounted on particle board used to cover a window, Ajo, Arizona

~~ 1 ~~
late winter morning—
blackbird surveys his domain
from a chimney top
~~ 2 ~~
In weakness and woe
a weary pilgrim wanders,
blackbird at her side.
~~ 3 ~~
Blackbird on the wing
hears the hapless harlot’s cry
as her night begins.
~~ 4 ~~
A blackbird ignores
the blasts and blights of fortune
as she builds her nest.
~~ 5 ~~
a trickle of blood
from the blackbird’s open beak—
early morning crash
~~ 6 ~~
a curse and a cry—
and the blackbird disappears
for another year

Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Riffs on Autumn

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Cottonwood leaves with autumn color, Yavapai County, Arizona

~~ 1 ~~
her passion for trees
especially in autumn
when leaves turn golden
~~ 2 ~~
autumn afternoon—
hoping to find her lost keys
under yellow leaves
~~ 3 ~~
drifting near the edge
of a little woodland pool—
seven autumn leaves
~~ 4 ~~
autumn afternoon—
wandering with my lover
through the browning fen
~~ 5 ~~
autumn afternoon—
somehow the sky seems lighter
shrugging off the rain
~~ 6 ~~
late autumn twilight
making me blink once, then twice
in awe and wonder
~~ 7 ~~
With wild geese wheeling,
how can I count the autumns
that have flown away?

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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~~ 1 ~~
Who can separate
the stargazers from their quest
for the perfect light?
~~ 2 ~~
familiar story—
for love of all things starry
gazing in her eyes
~~ 3 ~~
gazing at heaven’s
architecture—the planets,
the comets, the stars
~~ 4 ~~
never forgotten—
the stars the elders gazed on
giving each a name
~~ 5 ~~
The old stargazer—
she holds her head in her hands
as the last star falls.
~~ 6 ~~
Who will remember
the stars we gaze at tonight?
Perhaps the ravens.
~~ 7 ~~
Mayan stargazers—
the old traditions live on
at the pyramids.
~~ 8 ~~
one woman
gazing hungrily
at the stars
~~ 9 ~~
the customs of stargazers
on a windy night
~~ 10 ~~
gazing at the stars—
old man with tremulous hands
raising them in praise
~~ 11 ~~
gazing at the sky—
blotted out by city lights
every single star
~~ 12 ~~
a separate star
upon which no one can gaze—
the diffident light

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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