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On a Crumbling Wall

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Section of a mural, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

~~ 1 ~~
on a crumbling wall
iridescent hummingbird
in eternal flight—
its whirring wings never stop
as it hovers for a sip
~~ 2 ~~
empty garden bench
where last night’s conversation
still lingers at dawn
patterns of loss and longing
nestling in the wooden slats
~~ 3 ~~
all things softening
as summer moves toward autumn—
even field mice seem
to dwindle into mere fluff
a child’s breath can blow away
~~ 4 ~~
a cold deep pool
where she comes to bathe at dawn
dropping her silk blouse
into the dry stems and weeds
detritus of late summer
~~ 5 ~~
offering herself
as an exile from the world—
the burdock knows why,
and so does the peony
with its extravagant bloom

Tanka and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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On the shore of Lake Skinner, Winchester, California

Even the spent weeds,
women with delicate feet,
rustle as you pass.

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Lone sunflower, Northern Arizona

Although I don’t fish, I do love sunflowers, and so I am charmed by Richard Wright’s haiku:


Like a fishhook,
The sunflower’s long shadow
Hovers in the lake.

~~ ~~ ~~

In a sea of weeds
a lone sunflower fishes
for its lost shadow.

Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Broken pot, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
by the garden path
an upside down flowerpot
cottage for a toad*

this brooding, half-tamed country
beastly briars, wicked weeds

*Haiku by Mark M. Redfearn
Final two lines and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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