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Measure


I learn by laughing
how to measure out the pain
of spring’s cruelty.

Haiku © 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Praise


Misty April dawn—
a wren clinging to a twig
warbles songs of praise.

Haiku © 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Walls Breathe Out Stories


1.
Walls breathe out stories
that only mice understand—
April conundrums.
 
2.
You brought me three plums,
not even paying for them,
sweet gifts from your tree.
 
3.
Hailstones strip the tree,
ripe fruits plummet to the earth—
say no more of them!
 
4.
Whatever is left
after spring has slipped away—
this will be my song.
 
5.
A room with no view
is not the end of the world
as long as there’s tea.

Haiku © 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Four Haiku in Time of War


1.
The door stands open;
together we step outside
to visit the plum.
 
2.
Two small young children,
weary of the bomb shelter,
beg for fresh spring air.
 
3.
Bar the entryway
to the shore where wars begin—
let plum trees blossom!
 
4.
When the wick burns low,
the darkness will teach you things
that no light can show.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Four Haiku on the Cusp of Spring


1.
Hand and wrist ready,
notebook pages clean and white,
I write spring haiku.
 
2.
Softly my pencil
brushes the paper, forming
words like plum blossoms.
 
3.
Heavy with blossoms
my plum tree appears to lean
almost to the earth!
 
4.
On the cusp of spring
we bury our old spaniel
after his last breath.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Three Images of Peace


1.
In an empty jar
we put sunflowers gathered
from a wayside ditch.
 
2.
While we slept last night,
dust settled in a blue vase,
yet we pray for rain.
 
3.
Falcon, leave the stream;
you have drunk your fill, now soar,
soar on sturdy wings!

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Bells of Winter, Tea of Desire


1.
Winter church bells chime—
rosemary no longer blooms
near the garden gate.
 
2.
A winter’s twilight—
we search for the leafless rose
beside the yew hedge.
 
3.
Look how late it is!
Come in from the cold, my sweet,
and share tea with me.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Home and Other Things on My Mind


1.
As I amble home—
ice on the path before me
betrays my footsteps.
 
2.
too many jobs lost
because of the pandemic—
poverty’s cold grip
 
3.
The death of a friend—
his wintry breath slips away,
but I have no tears.
 
4.
We watch pelicans
and pretend they are angels
protecting the sky.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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For Lovers and Others


1.
Midsummer dinner—
under a perfect full moon
we savor each bite.
 
2.
never in danger
when I’m with you, my lover,
my sanctuary
 
3.
Glitter, ocean waves,
while dancing for my lover
waiting on the pier.
 
4.
How silent the clouds
into which a hawk plunges,
pursuing dinner.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Three Cold-Weather Haiku


1.
Forgive me, I miss
the warmth of long summer days
now that winter’s here.
 
2.
Winter loneliness—
I need words to heal my heart,
not rip it apart.
 
3.
Don’t leave! Stay with me,
unlock the door, look outside—
is the snow still there?

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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