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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
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
fishing from the bridge
with a stolen rod and reel—
Egypt lies downstream
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
how her heart aches
fishing for compliments
that never come
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
deep-water fishing—
nothing God says in mercy
keeps Jonah on land
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
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
 
 
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Warning

Crickets

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~~ 1 ~~
 
Outside my window
I miss the morning crickets—
paradise is lost.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Long before daybreak
a cricket in the cotton
leaves her voice behind.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
three motley crickets
hiding from ravenous birds
in a green bean row
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a broken platter—
crickets jumping at the chance
for dabs of jelly
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the long trip homeward—
hoping to hear one cricket
in her mother’s room
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
On a day this hot,
you’d think that crickets would bake
and centipedes broil.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
Drunk cricket lovers
catch the train to celebrate
their team’s victory.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Pilgrimage

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~~ 1 ~~
 
shrines along the road
where six pilgrims fall at dusk
pleading for mercy
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
meandering roads—
it is not easy to guess
the hidden dangers
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
ferocious noon sun—
murderous midday assault
on weary pilgrims
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
ten years down the road—
list of lumpy double beds
still disturbs her sleep
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
inns along the road—
a certain type of pilgrim
will not spend the night
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
at the holy site
memories fuel prayers—
her warm devotion
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a red cricket cage—
from behind the bamboo bars
desolate chirping

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Creeping

Later

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A colorful street, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, February 2014
 


safe amid shadows
pilgrim mind does not play tricks—
later truth will come

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Catch

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


great expectations
entangled in fishing line
I catch the sunrise


with sun-warmed stones as trinkets
I carry the light back home

*Opening gambit © by Ese at Ese’s Voice
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Bait

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


summer evening
a breeze turns leaves over
abandoned book


fishermen bait the shadows
hoping to catch a fresh word

*Opening gambit © by Nicole the Local Artist
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Oddities

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This week’s Sunday Whirl words: scarlet, first, struck, pair, expect, sky, save, caress, bit, spare, might, behind
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
scarlet rebozo
draped around her thin shoulders
keeping in the chill
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
first prune the plum tree
the grapes will wait till Wednesday—
the cellist knows why
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
struck by lightning bolts
the mausoleum in ruins
plumes of marble dust
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
pair of dead man’s shoes
stuffed with twenty-dollar bills
cradling baby mice
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
expect the raven
to guide you to your true home
hapless wanderer
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
sky rolls and tumbles
the fist of a thunderstorm
punching the prairie
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
save another’s dreams
stuffing them in your pocket
with lint and spare change
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
caress the old cat
until she purrs with pleasure
one more smoky night
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
bit, bridle and rein—
after an early breakfast
the journey begins
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
might stories unfold
from unexpected sources
Scheherazade knows
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
spare bedroom
hosting guests tonight
three beggars
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
behind the old doors
the gentle susurrations
of travelers’ dreams

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Gloria

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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