Category Archives: light verse

Blue Monday: Cactus Woman

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Detail from a wall of mosaics, Ajo, Arizona
  


Cactus Woman has nothing to lose
By walking for weeks without wearing shoes.
 
She’s toughened her feet on thorns and stones,
And carries the wilderness in her bones.
 
Her eyes are afire, her heart’s ablaze;
She loves the desert’s unsociable ways.
 
Cactus Woman is someone, they say,
Who’ll live in the wilderness, come what may.

  
Poem © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

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Blue Monday: Cacophony

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Weathered letters on a truck in Arizona
  


Six dozen cattle are lowing,
The hives are buzzing with bees,
The neighbor’s rooster is crowing—
I need some quietness, please!

  
Photo and poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

Blue Monday: View

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


Today not a cloud is marring the sky,
Today only blue upon blue
Spreads from the east all the way to the west—
What an incredible view!

  
Photo and poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

Blue Monday: Pond and Wand

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


Between two tall cacti there lies a small pond.
Look in its depths and you might find a wand,
A wand that a wizard just can’t do without.
Say, aren’t you a wizard? If so, give a shout!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

The Rose


The flower that’s known as a rose
Is beautiful, everyone knows.
Its petals are fair—
No argument there!—
That beautiful blossom, the rose.

 
Limerick © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “The Flower: Rose”

Blue Monday: Ducks

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 


In the blue water three ducks take a swim,
The one in the middle’s a her or a him,
Or maybe it’s neither (though nobody knows),
But this I am sure of: that duck goes and goes!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Meteors


Meteors never take showers;
They wouldn’t know what to do
With bars of fragrant body soap
And bottles of green shampoo.
 
Meteors never take showers,
And this is the reason why:
Besides their being so flighty,
They’re just a little bit shy.

 
Poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Meteor Showers”

Blue Monday: Elephant

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The base of a sundial at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


Whose back does the earth ride upon?
An elephant, raven, or swan?
Perhaps it’s a gannet
That holds up the planet
That all of us humans live on!

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Shopping Cart

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An abandoned shopping cart near Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Food City has lost a blue cart,
Though no one has torn it apart.
It’s under a tree
In shadows, you see,
And not at the local food mart.

 
Photo and limerick © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Padlock

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Padlock on a storage shed at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


A padlock’s a marvelous thing
For keeping my treasure and bling
Away from a thief—
It’s such a relief
That I can do nothing but sing!

 
Photo and limerick © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher