Category Archives: Ajo

Blue Monday: Musicians

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Mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


Musicians who play in the street?
Their music just cannot be beat!
Though joyful and glad
Or soulful and sad,
It’s better than any sheep’s bleat!

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

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Blue Monday: Wise Woman

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Mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


A wise woman watched from the wall
To see who would stumble and fall.
She offered them truth,
But no one, forsooth,
Accepted her offer at all.

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

   
More Poetry Pantry #378 at Poets United

Peace

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Evening descends on mountains near Ajo, Arizona.
 


Crow on the mountain,
must you shatter evening’s peace
with your wagging tongue?

  
Photo and haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Rocket Ship

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Mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


My rocket ship is blasting off—
Won’t you come with me?
We’ll sail a million miles or more
Through a starry sea,
 
Where deep within the Milky Way
Weird fish blink and gleam,
And fishers tell the strangest tales
As they wait and dream.

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Scolding

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Rugged mountains near Ajo, Arizona
 


Crow on the mountain,
don’t you ever grow weary
of scolding the stones?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Writing letters

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 
 

I would work harder
at writing letters
if I thought someone
would open the envelope.
There’s something satisfying
about going to my desk,
sweeping aside the rejection slips
from my latest failed poem,
and writing to friends,
a different one each day.
Despite my devotion
to penning words on paper,
few friends reply,
and I have to remind myself
that letter writing
is about to pass away
into that realm where
rotary dial telephones,
carbon paper, and chalkboards
are of blessed memory.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Lucky

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Detail from a mosaic on a community wall, Ajo, Arizona

 

We’re a lucky family.
We crossed the border at night,
escaping dogs and guns
and human traffickers,
to find a refuge with friends.
But our neighbor Juana,
who crossed only one night later?
We hear she’s in El Paso,
working as a maid in a hotel
that rents rooms by the hour.
But “maid” is just another word for “slave,”
and Juana owes her soul and body
to the man who rescued her
from the border patrol.
She’ll be lucky
to leave that motel alive.
But what can we do?
We have no papers,
and if they find us here,
they will send us back.
We can only pray for Juana,
hoping that someday she can join us
in this little desert town,
where no one bothers us,
and no one challenges our right to be.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Human Trafficking”

Blue Monday: Woman

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


A woman with eyes big and brown
Decided she’d go into town.
She bought a new hat,
And milk for her cat,
And, at the last minute, a gown.

 
Photo and limerick © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Laughter

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A mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 
 

Listen to girls laugh—
no two are alike.
One’s laughter is sweet,
the other’s rings of deceit.
The best laughter
(think of someone you know)
surprises you
like hair falling
across your eyes
just as the blackbird
lifts off to fly
and all you can see
is a wingtip
and then it is gone.
Yet of life’s ten thousand joys
this is only one.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Crow

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Ajo, Arizona
 


Summer afternoon—
a crow in the tallest palm
jeers at passersby.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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