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Seven Riffs on Leaves

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Cottonwood leaf in autumn, Apache County, Arizona.


 
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A hole in the fence:
Will I be able to see
the oak leaves falling?
 
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on the dusty end
of my workshop’s topmost shelf:
three leaves from the oak
 
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How strange the patterns
made by ginkgo leaves falling
into the gutter!
 
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Under the plum tree
a cardboard box fills with leaves—
how tattered they look!
 
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Near the tube station
we slog through wet autumn leaves,
eager to be home.
 
~~ ~~ 6 ~~ ~~
 
wherever I turn
in the last days of autumn:
sodden maple leaves
 
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pieces of old dreams
some of them with falling leaves
some of them with stones

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #183
 
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Another Baja Whirl

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase taken from The Forgotten Peninsula: A Naturalist in Baja California by Joseph Wood Krutch


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
Saints and mysteries
will keep any plague at bay
for an hour or two.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
near my own front door
the blasphemy of a clown
making oaks tremble
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
From the burning wood
a whole tale of woe is born—
my house turns to ash.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
deserted village—
the deck of the grandest house
crumbling into dust
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the northwest corner
where all the temple monkeys
chatter morning prayers
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
peach tree in full bloom—
she savors the sweet, ripe fruit
five months from today
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a wizard’s garden—
his rustling among the herbs
till he plucks one leaf
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
to travel southward
where the hills are dry and brown—
the pilgrim’s longing
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the caressing warmth
of a single tear flowing
down her furrowed cheek

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 203

Blacksmith

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Blacksmith at work, Yuma Quartermaster Depot, Yuma, Arizona
 


outside a cabin
the hiss of iron heating
in a roaring forge
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blacksmith bending iron to his will

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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