Category Archives: church

Flood

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Detail of a carpet in a church in Wellton, Arizona
 


If a mighty flood should come,
Sweeping through the church’s doors,
Carpets would be overwhelmed
As would all the parquet floors.
 
When the mighty flood subsides,
Just as in the Bible lore,
There will come an olive branch
From the One who makes waves roar.

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Valentine

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A table decoration for a sweetheart dinner at an Arizona church
  


I gave my love a basket
(A funny valentine!),
And asked my love to fill it
With chocolate and with wine.
 
Alas, my love had nothing
Except the best of will,
And so my basket’s empty,
But yet I love him still.

   
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
   
   
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Sheen

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Yuma County, Arizona church interior, decorated for Christmas
 


The decorations,
now that Christmas is over,
take on a new sheen.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Gifts

Three Kings
A seasonal wall hanging in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


Gold, frankincense, myrrh—
but where are the plum blossoms
for the one we seek?

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Enough

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Decorative candles on a church wall, Yuma County, Arizona
 


only a candle
to drive away the darkness
but it is enough

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Carols

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Ornaments on a Christmas tree in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


carols in the air
carols, carols everywhere—
love and peace and joy

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Christmas Music

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A tiny Nativity set in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


The music I adore most
Comes round but once a year.
They call it Christmas music,
It fills my heart with cheer.
 
I love to sing of Mary,
Of Joseph and the Child;
I love to sing of angels—
I’m sure they must be wild.
 
The shepherds in the pasture?
I sing their praises too,
For they ran to Bethlehem
To see the baby Jew.
 
The Magi on their camels,
Who traveled from afar
Found the Baby’s manger bed
By following a star.
 
And so, when winter deepens,
And earth is cold and drear,
I sing a song of people
Who cast aside their fear.
 
But what if, in the summer,
I sang a Christmas song?
Would all my friends desert me,
And tell me that I’m wrong?
 
I think I know the answer,
And this is what I know:
No scorn can silence music—
The notes will swell and grow.

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Contemplation

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Corn husk Madonna and Child in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


in the season’s rush
taking time to contemplate
how a mother loves

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Christmas Tree

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Tabletop Christmas tree in an Arizona church library
 
 


tiny Christmas tree
for the great celebration
of life, love and light
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
brilliant crimson bows
festooning the green branches—
merrily on high
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A child’s fervent prayer—
Let there be something for me
underneath the tree.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
how thoughtful the gift
placed under the little tree
by a mother’s hands

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Creeping