Category Archives: Dublin

Sporting

National Botanic Gardens
Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


old strawhead
sporting a new star
for Christmas

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Foxes

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New Year’s Eve 2012 fireworks, Dublin, Ireland
 


against the dark sky
colorful flowers and suns—
another festival


somewhere foxes are waiting
to lap up the fireworks ash

 
*Opening gambit © by Chèvrefeuille
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Strawhead’s Eyes

National Botanic Gardens
Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 
 
wind jostles the scarecrow
near the heavy-hung cornstalks
the summer is spent*


three crows that followed Jesus
have pecked out old strawhead’s eyes

*Haiku by Jessica Slavin
 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Old Strawhead

National Botanic Gardens
Scarecrow in the organic garden, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
 


carnival of one—
old strawhead in the garden
crooning for a crow

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Peacock

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Orchid, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Dublin
 


A greenhouse orchid
pretends to be a peacock,
fanning its proud tail.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Older than Words

 
No matter where I go in the world, I seek wild places. If I cannot find wilderness, then a place where there are more plants than people will do. Wandering through the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin one icy, grey January day, I imagine how this expanse looked when the Vikings invaded Ireland in the 8th century: “wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern” (Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Inversnaid”). Wild oaks clawed at the stars. Brambles raked the backs of unwary beasts. And then came humans:
 


Long ago the heath
was tamed into a garden
dotted with duck ponds.

 
Still, there are whiffs of wildness in this place: the raven, bragging of its exploits; the lugubrious willow, mourning the loss of its summer finery; even the eastern breeze trying to be polite as it rustles the reeds. By a language older than words, my soul is restored.
 

Pretending

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Orchid, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Dublin
 


A greenhouse orchid
pretends to be a peacock,
fanning its proud tail.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Blue Lamps

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New Year’s Eve 2012 celebration, Dublin, Ireland
 


In a Dublin street
blue lamps bob on bamboo poles,
welcoming new year.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Whiffs of Grace

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Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
 


Sometimes paradise
leaks through a stained-glass window,
bearing whiffs of grace.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Love Story

Church of St Columba, Iona Rd.
St. Columba’s Church, Iona Road, Dublin, Ireland
 


The faithful gather
to hear the old love story—
Word of God made flesh.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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