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Burning Everything

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burning everything—
how adept the old rhymester
at torching poems
 
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burning everything—
even edible fragments
snatched from the starving
 
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burning everything—
even the viscous liquid
seeping from her lips

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Burning Everything”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Adept, Edible, Viscous”

Boundless

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Ceramic tile chile (official New Mexico spelling!), Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


boundless harvest—
baskets brim with chiles
flames devour tongues

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Carpe Diem Special: “Boundless Autumn”

Empty

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A desolate playground, Southern Arizona
 


daughter’s empty swing
wind sweeps away her laughter
funeral at 10

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Empty”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine

Snagged

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Palo verde tree seed pods, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


kites by the thousand
snagged in palo verde trees—
small boys never learn

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Kite”

Fishing Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
seven fishing boats
rocking imperceptibly
in a gentle swell
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
fishing line tangles
twice around the willow limb—
Elijah returns
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
fishing through the mess
in the middle desk drawer—
pages torn from Psalms
 
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fishing from the bridge
with a stolen rod and reel—
Egypt lies downstream
 
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how her heart aches
fishing for compliments
that never come
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
deep-water fishing—
nothing God says in mercy
keeps Jonah on land
 
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sharp prongs of lightning—
a fleet of fishing trawlers
limping back to shore
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
fishing boots with holes—
watching prophets weave and sway
limping round puddles
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
guts bloody the sink
from this morning’s fishing trip
to Lake Galilee
 

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #198
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fishing”
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 157

Fishing

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


summer evening
a breeze turns leaves over
abandoned book


fishing among the shadows
she hopes to catch a fresh word

*Opening three lines © by Nicole the Local Artist
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fishing”

Healing

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in the backyard
a rainbow in the birdbath breaks—
a sipping magpie


seven broken soldiers come
to drink the healing waters

*Opening gambit © by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #31
 
Final two lines © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Bones

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Remains of a dead Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


early spring morning—
lingering cold in the bones
of an old cholla

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Balloons

Seeds
Seed pods on a Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


blasted by the sun
ten thousand tiny balloons
bobbing in the breeze

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Balloon”

Flowers

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roses in a bowl
to animate her spirit
this month of mourning
 
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A bowl of flowers—
impassioned by the fragrance,
she slips off her dress.
 
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Flowers in a bowl—
the crone would sore pervert them
with her darkling arts.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “A Bowl of Flowers”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Animate, Impassioned, Pervert”

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