Blog Archives

On a Crumbling Wall

 photo SMAhummingbird_zpsc7c5930b.jpg
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
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #312
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #69

Spent

Lake Skinner photo SoCalJuly2013967a_zpsaf768161.jpg
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

Fishing

 photo ee1d0276-06a5-4f0c-97b3-bc705133652f_zpss7nzzaea.jpg
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
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Utabukuro #5”

Brooding

Yellow potsherd photo yellowpotsherd_zps9ee2ab4f.jpg
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
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem Tan Renga: “By the Garden Path”