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No Going Back

 

Languid autumn afternoon—
does she know a loss is coming,
a loss so devastating
that longing to die will consume her days?
After it happens,
there will be no going back.
He hinted at this, the angel,
who told her she was exceptional
among women.
If only she could see the outline
of some small joy beyond what she will suffer,
then she could bear what is to come
and more.

 

Poem © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sanctum

Virgin of the Bathroom
La Virgen de Guadalupe in the bathroom of artist Anado McLauchlin, La Cieneguita, Guanajuato, México
 


Beauty shines in an inner sanctum.

 
Text © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Consolations

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Detail from a tiny triptych at Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
The painting itself is about the size of a U.S. quarter-dollar coin.
 


on the pilgrim way
a mother’s consolations
and the piercing thorns

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Light

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La Virgen de Guadalupe at a wayside shrine, Ajo, Arizona
 


in the dark places
of this tilting universe—
a light still shining

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Dusk

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An autumn day ends in the Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Dusk descends on the desert.

 
Photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Single

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Mother and child, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


A single mother,
feeling hard stares from the crowd,
hurries far away.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blackbird

Wellton
Butterfield Golf Course, Wellton, Arizona
 

blackbird by herself
celebrating morning light—
the tilt of her wing

 
Haiku photo © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hint

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Pencil holder in a church classroom, Southern Arizona
 


November morning—
not even a hint of frost
among the pencils

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Disparate Tales

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Fallen leaf, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
three kids on the run
deciding which bus to take—
their furtive glances
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
during the first hymn
an old woman coughs in church—
the alto just glares
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
swinging the scissors
from one hand to the other—
ambidextrous boy
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
wilderness matins—
the liturgy of weirdness
in a lizard’s tail
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
after last night’s storm
the smell of white flower heads
battered by hailstones
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
autumn afternoon—
the old Chevy’s clicking valves
keeping cricket time
  
~~ 7 ~~
  
dabbing away tears
after the graveside service—
the sergeant’s widow

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Big Rig

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Parked 18-wheeler, Southern Arizona
 


A traveler parks his rig overnight.

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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