Category Archives: Poets United

Nostalgia

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Rusting tractor, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
  


longing for the days
when the little tractor plowed
furrows straight and true

   
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
   
   
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Hearts

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A table decoration lies aslant after a sweetheart dinner at an Arizona church.
  


The dinner party’s over,
The hearts are all askew;
It’s time to clear the tables—
Bring on the busser crew!
 
They love to clear the tables,
They know there will be tips;
But you and I, my valentine,
Shall feed our hungry lips!

   
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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Weird Tales

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A brittlebush blossom on a winter’s day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
In a burlap sack
a piece of bread with butter
crumbles into dust.
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
For ferocity
she cannot be forgiven,
says the priest in grey.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
Winter afternoon—
why have you gutted my soul
by deceiving me?
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
winter afternoon—
going home to feed the dog
from an empty bag
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
winter afternoon—
crumbs of holiness hidden
in a paper bag
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
Winter afternoon—
having grained the mare,
she lies down to nap.
 

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Space

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A field of debris, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


winter afternoon—
the space in a broken jar
filling up with sand

 
Photo and haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Spaces

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A red leaf among pine debris, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


On the forest floor
even hidden spaces hold
both darkness and light.

 
Photo and haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hummingbird Country

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Barrel cactus fruit, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 

We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.
Like tiny creatures
flitting here and sipping there,
we scan the sky.
Storm clouds hang heavy in the west,
where thunder is heard.
Can anything good come from thunder
or the burden that both of us bear?
You compare your pain to mine
to see whose is greater.
You say that the doctor’s poking
and prodding was not proper,
because it stirred up something inside you—
a storm that may destroy you.
But aren’t we stronger than storms?
We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Faithful

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
  


Do fishes have faith?
Or how about palms?
Only the faithful
Live life without qualms.

  
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Faith

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Winter sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the farmer’s children—
putting their faith in his hands,
the hands that plant dreams

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Cluster

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Colorful aspen leaves, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


faith along the way—
a cluster of yellow leaves
guiding her footsteps

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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