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Frost

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Frosty morning, northern Arizona
 


in a time of frost
seeking the comfort of fire
the tales told by smoke

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Frost”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine

Neglected

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


A thousand windstorms
have toppled the dead man’s cross—
neglected graveyard.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Inspired by Richard Wright”

Christmas with Ted

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Each tiny poem begins with a phrase taken from “Christmas Mail” by Ted Kooser.
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
the plaintive bleating
of a thousand frightened sheep
after shepherds flee
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
into the distance
always following the star—
resolute Magi
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Wise men, the donkeys
with their sure feet and keen eyes
will guide your camels.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
clopping of camels
how they perform their slow dance
for the manger child
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Who chews and muses
after the right choice of hay?
Mary, do you know?
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
shuffle of sandals—
small talk before the manger,
the mother, and child
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
deep in the shadows
trembling at the presence
unwashed shepherds sweat
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
cup white as a star
no snag in the smooth surface—
she sips her latte
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
her Styrofoam cup—
as long as she clutches it,
no need to panic
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
perched on the dashboard
to help drivers in distress—
good St. Anthony
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
hint of hazelnut
in her vanilla latte—
hoping for a high
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
then a touch of myrrh
to burn the tip of her tongue
with mortality

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #232
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 192

Light

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Arizona church interior, decorated for Christmas
 


On the longest night
a light pierces the darkness—
tidings of great joy.
~~ ~~ ~~


In the darkness, a light shines.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Winter Solstice”

Sporting

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Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


old strawhead
sporting a new star
for Christmas

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Straw”
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Star”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Woodpecker

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


volcanic mountain—
woodpecker’s rat-a-tat-tat
stirring the ashes

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Woodpecker”

Skating

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Ice-skating rink, Plaza de Armas, Zacatecas, México
 
 


festive afternoon
round and round the skaters glide
church bells stun the air
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
church bells stun the air
graceful skaters skimming ice
vibrantly alive
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
vibrantly alive
relishing the glaring ice
round and round they go
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
round and round they go
while misty-eyed grandparents
remember their youth

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Ice Skating”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Alive, Glaring, Misty”

Dust

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Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


wilderness grasses
waiting for the winter rains—
a dust cloud ripens

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Winter Grasses”

Permission

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Leaves littering a sidewalk, Lexington, Kentucky
 


Who gave permission
for these leaves to loose themselves
from the neighbor’s trees?

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Carpe Diem: “Inspired by Richard Wright”

Basking

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Turtle garden feature, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


far from fog and frost
turtle basks in autumn sun
waiting for a fly

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fog/Ripe”

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