On Guard


A person who’s never on guard
Will never become a good bard,
For poets have eyes
That see beyond lies;
They stick to the truth—and that’s hard!

 
Limerick © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Vigilance”

Ruby Tuesday Too: Bougainvillea

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Bougainvillea blossoms brighten the Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 
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Blue Monday: License Plate

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An old license plate at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona still has legible numbers.
 
 

The license plate’s number are blue,
Not yellow or some other hue.
They’re bright and they’re bold,
A joy to behold,
As everything is that is blue!

 
 
Photo and limerick © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
BLUE MONDAY BADGE

 
 
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Macro Monday 2: Artist

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An artist works on a watercolor at an outdoor event, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 
 
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MACRO MONDAY 2
 
 
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The Apartment: a Fictional Haibun


Until I rented this apartment (pink flamingos flank the door!), I had to walk up three long flights of stairs. Now I’m on the ground floor, and even have a little kitchen garden, where I grow basil, chives, and parsley. I’ve squeezed in one tomato plant and one pepper. After supper each night, I set aside my sorrows (who knew that life could be so difficult?), and pore over maps of far-off places, dreaming of cruises that last for years, not weeks. Could there be a better way to spend my twilight days?

 

Burn down, white candle,
veer off course, distant planets—
my wineglass is full!

 
  

Haibun © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #231
 
More Poetry Pantry #493 at Poets United

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Locked

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A locked shed keeps tools safe at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 
 
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Tattered

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The full moon glows brightly just before daybreak over Wellton, Arizona.
 


meteor showers
blotted out by the full moon—
summer’s tattered edge

 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Stargazer


Stargazer, stargazer, why do you stare?
Has Taurus vanished somewhere up there?
 
Stargazer, stargazer, what do you see?
Are comets blazing far above me?
 
Stargazer, stargazer, I hear your song,
Echoing softly all the night long.
 
Stargazer, stargazer, who will you tell
If a star wobbles and falls in a well?
 
Stargazer, stargazer, if you retire,
Who’ll tell the children of heavenly fire?
 
Stargazer, stargazer, how will the crow
Tell me the names of the stars that you know?
 
Stargazer, stargazer, may your voice last!
May it be fiery and may it be vast!

 
Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Looking at Stars”

Ruby Tuesday Too: Faded Red

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These windmill blades at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona could use a fresh coat of red paint.
 
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Blue Monday: Standing Guard

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
 

The cacti in the garden stand guard both night and day,
When skies are blue as bluebirds, and even when they’re grey.
 
I’m glad for watchful cacti, for skies of grey and blue;
For with no skies or cacti, whatever would we do?

 
 
Photo and poem © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
BLUE MONDAY BADGE

 
 
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