Category Archives: Yuma Conservation Garden

Angel

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A winding path, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 
 

A father bends
to help his little girl
who has skinned her knee
while running.
Somehow her legs gave way
and she stumbled in the gravel
at the sidewalk’s end.
He kisses the wound
again and again, murmuring,
“It’s all right, angel, it’s all right.”
Smiling back at him
through tears, she says,
“Thank you, Daddy.
You’re an angel too.”
Then the big angel spreads his wings
and carries his little angel home.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Ordinary

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A duck pauses for a rest at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


An ordinary duck
On an ordinary day
Doing ordinary things
In an ordinary way.
 
But take another look
At that ordinary duck:
I think it’s quite amazing
That he’s not built like a truck!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Scintillating music

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Cactus needles, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
 

scintillating music
carries her into most nights
with a flagrant disregard
for what her neighbors think
a leap of faith
that’s how she found her way
and it dawns on her
each time she prays late at night
that the spill that might have happened
did not
the end that might have come
did not
the leap that might have killed her
did not
she knows she owes everything
to that leap
and is not nonchalant
but
grateful

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Saguaro flowers

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Saguaro cactus blossoms, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Saguaro flowers glowing
Against the bright blue sky
Fill me with greatest pleasure,
And here’s the reason why:
 
I think there’s nothing finer
Than seeing a white bloom
Juxtaposed against the sky
To chase away my gloom.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Public Defender

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Geese at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 
 

This was on
the Daily Show:

 
Did you hear the one
about the public defender
who got confused
and represented
the wrong thief?
The charges were dropped,
but the thief ended up
as a lonely insomniac.
Which just goes to show,
I suppose,
that even a college-educated person
(I’m thinking of the public defender)
had better remember his (or
her) p’s and q’s
before he (or she) cleanses
(or attempts to cleanse)
the soul of another.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Destruction

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The remains of an old farm wagon, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


All things are prone to destruction.

 
 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Desolate

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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Desolate places—
something akin to wisdom
lingers in the stones.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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News in cactus land

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Saguaro cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


What’s the news in cactus land?
What’s the TV say?
Is there any hope that rain
Will settle dust today?
 
Maybe someone has a tip
I can take to heart.
Wait! There’s always NPR—
I’ve heard folks there are smart!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blossom

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Saguaro cactus blossoms, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Yellow butterfly,
does the white blossom please you?
Will you settle there?

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blooms

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Cholla cactus blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
    


Only in the desert sands
Do cacti thrive and bloom,
Not on crowded city streets
Where there’s no breathing room.
 
If you find a place of sand,
Where human prints are few,
There the lowly cactus waits
To show its blooms to you.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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