Cottonwoods

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An old cottonwood tree, framing the Animas River, Aztec, New Mexico
 


at the river’s edge
not the slightest breeze riffling
the cottonwood leaves

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Padlock

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Securely locked door, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


padlock on the door
shutting me out for the night—
my bedroom the street

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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From All Directions

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from all directions
the misery of pilgrims
stumbling on their way
 
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a privilege, they say,
to come from all directions
to one holy place
 
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the stale old stories
coming from all directions—
family reunion

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Under

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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


under the pine tree
a stone the size of a moon
hung with shadow song

 
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Wrapped in a Straw Mat

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wrapped in a straw mat
one small square of bleached muslin
still stained with his blood
 
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humming gratitude—
beggar wrapped in a straw mat
pulled from the dumpster
 
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her peace offering—
an olive and a ripe fig
wrapped in a straw mat
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
wrapped in a straw mat—
an old method for praying
when nothing else works
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
an old photograph—
two boys wrapped in a straw mat
trying not to laugh
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
wrapped in a straw mat—
broken sets of dominoes
swept up from the floor
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
wrapped in a straw mat—
three smooth stones from the river
ripe with autumn’s chill
 
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morality play—
a fool wrapped in a straw mat
addressing the king
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
in the high country
old women wrapped in straw mats
to ward off the chill
 
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wrapped in a straw mat
to mend her broken courage
after last night’s storm
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
wrapped in a straw mat
the shepherd guarding his sheep
on a frosty night
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
wrapped in a straw mat—
some intricate needlework
from a far village

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sting

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Saguaro cacti,Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


seeking a clamshell
too close to the saguaros—
the sting of each thorn

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Hint

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Agave blossoms, May 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a hint of shadow
on the skin of the mountain—
blossoms stun the air
 
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the living desert at blossom time

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Way

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Spring sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


In the wilderness
not even ravens may tell
if the way is right.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Barren

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Gnarled ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


How barren the sky
since the ironwood blossoms
fell three weeks ago!

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Rice Field

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part of a rice field—
in an intimate corner
two women undress
 
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the naked women
in one patch of the rice field—
unsatisfied thirst
 
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jagged rice stubble—
no place for their lovemaking
in the harvest field

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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