Another Baja Whirl

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase taken from The Forgotten Peninsula: A Naturalist in Baja California by Joseph Wood Krutch

~~ 1 ~~
Saints and mysteries
will keep any plague at bay
for an hour or two.
~~ 2 ~~
near my own front door
the blasphemy of a clown
making oaks tremble
~~ 3 ~~
From the burning wood
a whole tale of woe is born—
my house turns to ash.
~~ 4 ~~
deserted village—
the deck of the grandest house
crumbling into dust
~~ 5 ~~
the northwest corner
where all the temple monkeys
chatter morning prayers
~~ 6 ~~
peach tree in full bloom—
she savors the sweet, ripe fruit
five months from today
~~ 7 ~~
a wizard’s garden—
his rustling among the herbs
till he plucks one leaf
~~ 8 ~~
to travel southward
where the hills are dry and brown—
the pilgrim’s longing
~~ 9 ~~
the caressing warmth
of a single tear flowing
down her furrowed cheek

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 203

Posted on March 16, 2015, in 5-7-5, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. How do you do it, my oh my!! I enjoyed reading the series and the image of the second one made me chuckle.

  2. Love these. The wizard’s garden has me especially captivated, wondering what happened when he plucked that leaf. All manner of good or evil, chaos or hope, I imagine. 😉

  3. The final one is classic! It creates a picture of warmth balanced with sorrow in one episode! Great set MMT

  4. Some wisdom here with mystery mixed for balanced diet, I hope…

  5. MMT your verses are like stepping stones, inviting your reader (a butterfly) to flit from one to another. Each offering solid ground for feet that feel each curve of detail until imagination takes fluttering flight and moves onto the next one. Thank you,


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Your comment itself is magical. Thank you, Elizabeth!

      On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  6. Always a pleasure reading your poems. I particularly liked the ones about the temple monkeys and the peach tree. – Richard

  7. A lovely group .. I agree with Mr. Walker .. I particularly liked the temple monkeys and the peach tree.

  8. #4 and 6 are my favs, mmt. Sorry for the late visit. Computer problems, but it has been taken care of.


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