The Darksome Poet


What rhymes with blue erasers? Nothing that I know.
Ask the thirty thirsty pencils that live down below.
 
Perhaps the smallest pencil is longer than you think,
And knows the word you’re looking for, written in red ink.
 
I believe that snips and scraps, at least not more than three,
Can be used to slit your throat, or make poetry.
 
I know my tale has ended in a dark and somber way,
But I am a darksome poet, so what more can I say?

 
  
Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Saguaro Cactus

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Saguaro cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden., Yuma, Arizona
 
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Fresh

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A sunflower blooms at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


When sunflowers bloom,
sparrows light up the garden
with fresh morning songs.

 
Haiku and photo by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Tree Hugger

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Student artwork at a Yuma County, Arizona high school.
  


A tree-hugging bird is a sight
That’s visible only in light,
For like you and me
The bird in the tree
Finds comfort in sleeping at night.

  
Limerick and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Light

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An earthenware jar sits on a stone ledge in Zapopan, Mexico.
 


Languid afternoon—
the light inside a clay jar
seeps to the surface.

 
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Ruby Tuesday Too: Rototiller

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A bright red rototiller sits unused in a wet garden in La Grande, Oregon.
 
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Blue Monday: Happy Kid

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Student drawing for a proposed book cover, Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona.
 


This happy kid sings quite a lot.
However, a diva she’s not.
She bleats like a goat
That’s lost its fur coat—
She sure gives it all that she’s got!
 
Photo and limerick © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Macro Monday 2: Footprint

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A simulated dinosaur footprint, Prescott Public Library, Prescott, Arizona.
 
 
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A Pilgrim’s Consolation


Warfare, pilgrim, is good reason to betake yourself from here.
Seek the roads that no one else takes; from the crowd now disappear.
 
Do not disdain the pebble that now lodges in your shoe.
Hail those you meet along the way; give praise where praise is due.
 
Shield yourself from falsehood by recalling holy tales;
Strengthen soul and body as you drink the sacred ales.
 
At the crest of yonder mountain, where clouds obscure the view,
Fear not, O weary pilgrim: Someone watches over you.

 
  
Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Clinging Shadows

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Shadows cling to the branches of a gnarled ironwood tree in Yuma County, Arizona.
 
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