Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Overshadowed

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A small house is overshadowed by two tall buildings in downtown Clifton, Arizona.
 
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Discipline

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A huge stone nestles in the shade of a pine tree at the Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona.
 


It takes tons of discipline just to be a stone,
Sitting in the sun and rain, sitting all alone,
Sitting there ignored and shunned as the years roll by.
Don’t you wish you were a stone? “No, I don’t, not I.”

 
 
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When the old stone sings,
even crows in the pine tree
stop wagging their tongues.

 
 
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Blue Monday & Ruby Tuesday Too: Sandwiched

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A small house is sandwiched between two tall buildings in downtown Clifton, Arizona. One photo, two memes.
 
  


 
  
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Praise the Lord: A Haibun


This is my morning ritual, taught to me by the elders—women I met on holy ground. Turning to the east, I place a poem on my tongue, as though it were a communion wafer. Like the wafer melting in a faithful person’s mouth, I know the poem on my tongue will die if I do not sing it aloud, whether anybody hears it or not. So I sing: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Five times I sing the ancient words. And after the fifth time I laugh, for things all round me have joined the song: chickadees and caterpillars; butterflies and blacksnakes; mosquitos, mergansers, and marigolds. Everything with breath is praising the Lord. And the song is glorious.


Unexpected rain—
the old stone Buddha’s broad lap
now holds an ocean.

 

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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Virginal Shadows

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Mother and Child leave faint shadows on a wall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Yuma, Arizona.
 
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Tangled

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An orange tree stands in need of pruning in a Phoenix, Arizona backyard.
 


Through tangled branches,
who can see the waxing moon,
even at midnight?

 
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Anagram Fun


OPTS
She opts to go where angels fear—
Let’s opt to go with her, my dear.
 
POTS
Pots and pans and silverware!
Chocolate frosting in my hair!
 
TOPS
On the nudist beach flip-flops
May be worn, but never tops.
 
SPOT
Spot the spider in its web,
Watch its life both flow and ebb.
 
POST
Post a letter to a friend,
May your friendship never end.
 
STOP
Stop this nonsense, stop at once!
Or are you some kind of dunce?

 

Couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

Blue Monday & Ruby Tuesday Too: Memorial Day

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A veteran’s grave is decorated for Memorial Day in Yuma, Arizona Pioneer Cemetery. One photo, two memes.
 
  

 
  
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Four Haiku for Sunday


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Maple, poplar, oak—
the names of my forest friends
linger on my tongue.
 
 
2
Women keep weeping
because roots of war grow deep,
and church bells go mute.
 
 
3
In the plum tree’s shade
my skinny little daughter
rubs two shiny coins.
 
 
4
Mother Earth, sounding
oddly like my own mother,
says, “Mend your ways, child.”

 

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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Memorial Day

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Morning shadows darken one side of a soldier’s headstone at Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona.
 
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