Castoffs

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Castoffs, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


as her journey ends
things a pilgrim once held dear
cast beside the way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Whirling with Amy

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Each vignette begins with a phrase culled from “The Kingfisher,” by Amy Clampitt.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
poetry is gone—
the miner and the farmer
clench their teeth with toil
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
a downtown churchyard
where old women holding court
leer at three old men
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
A dazzled pub crawl—
what shall we give the barkeeps
for their jollity?
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
pastoral nightfall
under the crossed oak branches
a tryst by moonlight
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
ruined nunnery
celibates used to live here
now skittering mice
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
on Fifty-fifth Street
threading the intersection
with thundering heart
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a Sunday morning
somewhere across the ocean
where no church bells toll
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
some grizzled spruce bog
where creatures keep to themselves
and no one sees them
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
seeing how his hands
go searching through the haystack
for missing needles
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
stunning tapestry
woven with thread of gold and
the blood of martyrs
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Through the long evening
one expression recurring—
“You don’t understand.”
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
among its headstones
one in the cemetery
bringing you to mind

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Morning

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Subtle early morning shadows steal across agricultural land, Yuma County, Arizona
 


on little mice feet
morning skitters through the field
too early for crows
~~ ~~ ~~


Can a mouse move without skittering?

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Chopping

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Aftermath of the 2013 flood, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
 


chopping winter wood
careless axeman strikes a stone
sparks nest in his beard

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Vineyard

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Wine grapes ripening, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Southern California
 


a vineyard at dawn
someone with a brush of light
painting the fragrance

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Plainsong

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Animas River near Cedar Hill, San Juan County, New Mexico
 


old river chanting
making its way to the sea
an ancient plainsong

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Three Vignettes

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breezy autumn day
tattered prayer flags on a fence
flapping crows away
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
sniffing the night air
for even a whiff of rain
the hairy farmer
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the guava orchard
waiting for monstrous creatures
to pillage its fruit

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
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Hens

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Whimsical painting of hens on a building in Sedona, Arizona
 


While two hens argue
over which should get more corn,
mice cop some kernels.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Train

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Steam locomotive preparing for a run, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Chama, New Mexico
 


train for all seasons—
summer lumbers down the track
making way for fall

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Seeking

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


seeking the healing
of bubbling wasteland hot springs
where the rainbow ends

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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