Waves

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Shadows of a yucca plant, White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, New Mexico
 


(waves of summer sand)
 
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(waves of summer sand)
 
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(waves of summer sand)

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Today

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Some of the books on one of my many shelves
 


An old oak topples—
what better day than today
to open a book?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Seasons

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Melange of autumn leaves near the banks of Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
 


among the brown ones
a single red maple leaf—
autumn’s tattered texts
in the middle of a book
that the author never ends

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tangled

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Distant mountains, glimpsed through a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


tangled in the shade
of a gnarly desert tree—
trembling little dove

 

Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Whirling with Marge

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase taken from “Maggid” by Marge Piercy.


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
Born of wanderers
following cracks in the earth—
this is her story.
 
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under loads of straw
so heavy that they must crawl—
three peasant women
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Who chose the desert
over fields of ripened grain?
What were they thinking?
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
wanderers with shoes
escaping Egypt by night
with untied laces
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a child’s naughtiness—
the mother’s heart collapses
like an umbrella
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
bodies by the way
crows picking at putrid flesh—
immigrant children
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
small bones of children
wrapped in tattered white quilts
from the old country
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
abandoned treasures—
among them an old clay pot
filled with untold tales
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Where their empty pots
are suddenly filled with bones—
tell me that story.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
In the stinking hold
of a ship with splintered deck
they make for safety.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Under our pillows
a thousand new dreams open
as flowers in spring.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Staircase

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Sedona, Arizona
 


a blues trombonist
mounting the rainbow staircase
for his midnight gig—
smoke from an open doorway
anticipating the notes

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tattered Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
 
discarded boxes
sheltering homeless people
down by the river
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
journey into night—
your heart at the beginning
fluttering wildly
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
In a perfect world
there would be no mosquitoes,
neither rats nor lice.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
an autumn morning—
walking a misty pathway
wet leaves underfoot
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Everything depends
on rain, a red wheelbarrow
and some white chickens.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a long journey to
nowhere in particular
and then back again
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
Beyond the back fence
a world I have never seen
is waiting for me.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
a short siesta
in the silence of her room—
insomniac’s dream
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
coffee for the guests
pouring again and again
until the last drop
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
rainy afternoon—
finding a place of refuge
in the library
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
finding a table
where we can talk till midnight
nursing our whisky
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
summer afternoon
the head of one sunflower
drooping toward the earth

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Lament

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


twenty months of drought
the fortitude of pine trees
blackbird’s plaintive song—
dreams of rainwater settling
in the shadows of the rock
 
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How long until the rainy season?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Thunder

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Butterfly gathering nectar at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 


the shadows lengthen
a butterfly lifts its wings—
afternoon thunder

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Kingfisher

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Early morning at a retirement community golf course, Southern Arizona
 


kingfisher morning—
scanning the placid waters
for one piscine sign

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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