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Life

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Iron wheel on farm equipment, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 

 
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Life keeps rolling on and on.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Perfume

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Blossoms on an ironwood tree, April 2015, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


delicate perfume
leaking from every blossom
of the ironwood

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Stories

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, April 2015
 


gathering wisdom
in the shadow of the thorn—
stories no one tells

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Three Little Breaths

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controlling her breath
even as she remembers
his tempting caress
 
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Controlling her breath,
she tries not to glance at him—
but, oh, that six-pack!
 
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Controlling her breath,
still she manages to pout—
and the goddess smiles.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
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Butterfly

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Butterfly gathering nectar at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, it comes from sky and star and stone. It comes from weeds and wind and wild things. It comes from crow and cricket and cottonwood. It is the singing of the Desert Southwest, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore it.
 
I hear it as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear it while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear it while I am grading papers.
 
At day’s end, I slip into comfortable clothing and walk into the nearby wilderness. The stones and weeds and dust greet me with rejoicing. They knew I would come.

 


the shadows lengthen
a butterfly lifts its wings—
my house is too small

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Delusion

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An ironwood tree silhouetted at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


rising from the dust
something from the distant past—
delusion at dawn

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Little Things

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~~ 1 ~~
 
cracking one more tooth
on a piece of hard candy—
her bittersweet tale
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
breaking the last plate
in her mother’s collection
to vent her anger
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
selecting a brush
one with a broken handle
for her self-portrait
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
weight of her secret
driving her down to her knees
in utter despair
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
elegant mirror
studded with pearls and rubies—
spider web of cracks
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
at the kitchen sink
humming little hymns of praise
for each daily chore
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
(Still thinking about how to ravish you!)
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
orange marmalade—
licking the last sticky bit
from the silver knife
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the sigh of the spoon
stirring the seventeenth batch
of pancake batter
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
stop-and-go traffic
wearing out my Chevy’s brakes
one foot at a time
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
fresh load of cement
churning on the truck chugging
toward the building site
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
after the frog jumps
another page of haiku
in Basho’s manner

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Bones

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Discarded catfish carcass, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


howling wind—
an autumn note within
the bamboo flute


even catfish bones
quiver at the sound

 
*Opening gambit © by Kala Ramesh
 
Final two lines and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Headstone

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


even a headstone
shares too much information
about the deceased
 
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I just don’t want to know…

 

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Dust

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


among the tombstones
seeking immortality—
dust clings to my feet

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Immortality”

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