Category Archives: light verse

Bees

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Bee visiting a poppy in bloom at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 


From bees of either gender
I tend to run and hide.
I fear that they will harm me
The longer I’m outside.
 
Indoors, away from stingers,
I find a book or two
To while away the daylight,
Until the bees are through.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Gender”

Reasons

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Sand verbena, Yuma County, Arizona
 


A flower has no gender
As far as I can see;
But still I have some reasons
That blooms appeal to me:
 
I love them for their beauty,
Fragility, and scent—
And yet with sudden windstorms,
How quickly they are spent!

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

Blue Monday: Hummingbirds

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Wooden hummingbirds mounted on a wall, Ajo, Arizona
 


Two hummingbirds, flitting at dawn,
Were searching for nectar, not prawn.
They found some at last,
And had a great blast
Imbibing—and then they were gone!

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Mirror

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Reflected street scene, Los Algodones, Baja California Norte, México
 


A window is a mirror
Reflecting what I see;
Perhaps a car or shadow
Appears just right to me.
 
Or maybe I am hoping
That what I see is true;
Is the sky, for instance, pink,
Or is it really blue?

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Mirror”

Mirrored

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Reflection of a winter sunrise in the rear window of a recreational vehicle, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Mirrored in the window
Of a wilderness RV,
The sunrise in midwinter
Is brighter than the sea.
 
The sight befuddles blackbirds
And ravens on the wing.
But the little cactus wren?
She cannot help but sing!

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Desert Artists

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A mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


Can a desert artist ever truly thrive?
Can she sell enough art to keep herself alive?
Or will she simply languish, dogged by poverty?
If you know the answers, tell them now to me!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Insect

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A stone painted to resemble an insect, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


A desert stone was posing,
Posing as a bug;
A hungry raven spied it,
Thought it was a slug.
 
The raven swooped down on it,
Hoping for a snack,
But when it saw the bug was stone,
It gave up the attack.

 
  
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
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Blue Monday: Door

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Door on an abandoned building, Ajo, Arizona
 


Behind the old battered blue door
There’s emptiness, and nothing more.
Not even a mouse,
A cricket or louse
Is hiding behind the blue door.

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetry Pantry #345 at Poets United
 
 
 

Chilling

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Saguaro cactus on the outskirts of Ajo, Arizona
  


A cactus alone on a hill,
When winter came, took a great chill;
It sneezed and it snoozed,
It freezed and it froozed,
That cactus alone on a hill.

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 

A lone saguaro
pierces the clouds at sundown
with its deadly spines.

  
Limerick, haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Desire

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One of several mosaics on a downtown wall, depicting the history of Ajo, Arizona
 


The mother of Jesus was bold,
As all the great prophets foretold.
Through flood and through fire
Her utmost desire:
Inviting God in from the cold.

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Be Bold for Change”