Category Archives: Poets & Storytellers United

I Dared to Dream Some Poems


1.
Orange juice with ice—
my summer griefs disappear
with a few cold sips.
 
2.
Sticky-fingered boy,
the peach you stole from market
makes you laugh—such joy!
 
3.
Tell me, earth and sky,
do you know why some would harm
the white butterfly?
 
4.
Season by season
I’ll tend my little corner
till my hands are numb.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Lost Songs of Summer


1.
Down a winding path
we hike to a summer grove—
listen, the breeze sings!
 
2.
Summer afternoon—
a river combs through old stones,
looking for lost songs.
 
3.
Cheek to cheek we sway,
holding each other, dancing
like weeds in the wind.
 
4.
Summer tragedy—
the face of an old drag queen
crumples in the heat.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Four Haiku Celebrating Summer


1.
Crimson hollyhocks,
how many names of wild things
hide in your blossoms?
 
2.
The peony’s death
happened not in a moment,
for the drought was deep.
 
3.
A little girl waves
at some honeysuckle vines
shaking in the wind.
 
4.
This apricot’s flesh,
sweeter than any honey,
titillates my tongue.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday & Ruby Tuesday Too: Not Forgotten

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“Don’t forget us.” From left: Frankie, Stingray, Jennifer, and Lane, who live on the streets of Tucson, Arizona.


sticking together
for there’s safety in numbers
if the street’s your home

 
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Why not go over and see the friendly skies at SkyWatch Friday?
 
 
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Haibun: Cataracts


“You don’t have glaucoma, just cataracts,” my ophthalmologist says cheerfully. Well, at least I’m not going blind, although my sight is clouded. Nighttime is the worst. I can’t even pick out the bright stars that form Ursa Major. The meaning of my restricted vision eludes me. What’s the point of my not seeing clearly the glories of this galaxy? I complain that my irises no longer do what they were designed to do. “Sometimes I feel like I’m looking down a long narrow hall,” I say. “Other times, my sight hits a wall.” My ophthalmologist shrugs. “Presbyopia,” he says. “It happens to all of us as we age.” Small consolation, I think, as I leave his office. I’ve never wanted to be like everyone else.
 

Spring tranquility—
in the noonday sun cattle
settle down to nap.

© 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Desert Shadows

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Shadows dot the desert landscape near Ajo, Arizona.
 
 

The shadowlands wait
in ever deeper silence
for the Flower Moon.

 
 
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Measure


I learn by laughing
how to measure out the pain
of spring’s cruelty.

Haiku © 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Praise


Misty April dawn—
a wren clinging to a twig
warbles songs of praise.

Haiku © 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Earth Day 2022

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A labyrinth in Phoenix, Arizona is a quiet place to meditate on Earth Day.

healing medicines:
blue skies, bright blossoms, bent stones—
gifts from Mother Earth
 
 

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Walls Breathe Out Stories


1.
Walls breathe out stories
that only mice understand—
April conundrums.
 
2.
You brought me three plums,
not even paying for them,
sweet gifts from your tree.
 
3.
Hailstones strip the tree,
ripe fruits plummet to the earth—
say no more of them!
 
4.
Whatever is left
after spring has slipped away—
this will be my song.
 
5.
A room with no view
is not the end of the world
as long as there’s tea.

Haiku © 2022 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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