Category Archives: September Heights 2013

Mother

Virgin in disguise
Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


how a wise mother
weaves her children’s tomorrows
using threads of chance

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Palette

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Sunflower at dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 


salmon, blue and gold—
a summer sunset’s palette
in the wilderness

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Nuzzling

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Tamarisk (salt cedar) blossoms, Temecula, California
 


salt cedar blossoms
nuzzling the sky with fragrance
first morning prayers

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Geese

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in the old man’s den
a painting of a white goose
forced to eat cracked corn
 
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September morning
goose avoids the fox’s den—
one more day to live
 
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in the goose’s dream
a den of thieving ganders
divvying the spoils

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Seedling

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Seedling of an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 


ironwood seedling
does not strive to be cactus
or chrysanthemum

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More September Heights 2013: “Strive”
 
More Carpe Diem: “Chrysanthemum Festival”

Clues

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In broken bird claws
the old woman looks for clues
to her clinginess.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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The Old Woman

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On Sunday morning
the old woman eats apples
and toast for breakfast.
 
In church on Sunday
the old woman hears stories
that disturb her peace.
 
Sunday afternoon,
guided by seven spirits,
she begins her search.
 
In a pile of claws
the old woman looks for clues
to the weird stories.
 
She fondles the claws,
and three of them speak to her
in wise, not rash, words.
 
“After this Sunday,
you will become an exile,”
the threesome tell her.
 
“With stone for pillow
and swirling stars for cradle,
you will be content.”
 
Peering past Sunday,
the old woman smiles to see
the secret revealed.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Rebozo

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A frisson of grief—
even the black rebozo
cannot warm her bones.

 
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More September Heights 2013: “Black”

Chatter

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Once upon a time,
things were much better than now,
old women chatter.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More September Heights 2013: “Myth”

Buttercups

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With a battered flute
she pipes mournful melodies
to the buttercups.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More September Heights 2013: “Butter”