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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
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
humming gratitude—
beggar wrapped in a straw mat
pulled from the dumpster
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
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
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
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
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
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
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
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
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the naked women
in one patch of the rice field—
unsatisfied thirst
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
jagged rice stubble—
no place for their lovemaking
in the harvest field

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Spines

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Even woodpeckers
know better than to seek bugs
among cholla spines.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Reviewing

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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


a summer mountain—
reviewing her long journey
pixel by pixel

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Beginnings and Endings

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~~ 1 ~~
 
A night with no wind—
the novice lights three candles,
dreading the first gust.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
the sun for a while
hovering over the oaks
then plunging earthward
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
a night with no wind—
the sound of gravel shifting
on the garden path
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
The whore’s rose perfume—
for a while the prodigal
misses his mother.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a night with no wind—
grieving the loss of the last
white chrysanthemums
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
for a while at dusk
an unexpected longing
for him she once loved
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a night with no wind—
hoping to find a willow
for a resting place
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
For a while at dawn
the tavern at the corner
shuts down for cleaning.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
a night with no wind—
the young monk hoping to learn
something from the stars
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
treasure for a while—
three golden melon blossoms
melting in the sun
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
a night with no wind—
mice rushing through the melons
music in their feet
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
for a while the roar
of the melons in the field
startling the farmer

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Tolling

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 


long before sunset
even the wren stops singing
to heed the bell’s toll
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
tolling a bell for all seasons

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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