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Honey

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Wayside shrine, the Virgin of Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


all the little shrines
reviving weary pilgrims—
honey on the way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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One

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


The field to the north
is filled only with cacti
and one red blossom.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Prayers

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Detail from a triptych at Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
(The original image is about the size of a U.S. quarter-dollar coin.)
 


Every pilgrim knows
the tiniest of prayers
is no waste of breath.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Foretold

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La Virgen Maria, artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


As it was foretold,
a Virgin bears a baby—
jasmine scents the night.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Companions

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California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
 


my sole companions—
these rusty buckwheat blossoms
hallowing the way

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Be

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Virgin of Guadalupe mosaic by artist Anado McLauchlin, La Cieneguita, Guanajuato, México
 


Her one ambition:
serving God with all her heart—
“Be it unto me…”

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Raging

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Early morning light, Southern Arizona
 


Hungry desert owls
raging at the brilliant light—
who can hunt sans stars?

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Cicadas

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Cemetery, Mission San Antonio de Pala, Pala, California
 


sizzling summer day—
cicadas in the graveyard
buzzing at the dead

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Festival

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Sunday morning our neighbor, a high school history teacher, wheeled his bicycle into the street and pedaled away for his customary ride. He never came home again. About an hour later, two police cars and a police motorcycle arrived, bringing the teacher’s bicycle, his helmet—and bad news. Throughout the day we gathered bits and pieces of information from another neighbor. No, the teacher hadn’t been struck by a car. Apparently he had a stroke or a heart attack, and toppled from his bike. Rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, he hovered between life and death for several hours. By nightfall, he was dead. What started out to be an exciting summer festival of rest, relaxation and recuperation for a weary educator turned into a season of mourning for his wife and two grown children.
 


Summer festival—
three crows foretell its ending,
shrilling songs of rage.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lady of Sorrows

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Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


Lady of Sorrows,
we are nourished by your tears
morning, noon and night.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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