Category Archives: Yuma Pioneer Cemetery

Blue Monday: Love Stone

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma County, Arizona
  


A stone to remember a dear one who’s gone,
A stone that reminds me from dusk until dawn
That someone is guarding my steps from above—
The name of that someone is, quite simply, Love.

  
Photo and poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

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Weather-beaten

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A weathered statue of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


O battered Guadalupe,
What is there to celebrate?
Your gown’s reduced to tatters
Even as you watch and wait.
 
Yet in your loving presence
We find mercy, peace and grace,
For there’s unending sunshine
In your weather-beaten face.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Keeping Watch

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A bust of the Virgin Mary, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
  


Mary, aren’t you weary yet
Of keeping watch by day and night?
Where we see only darkness,
It seems that you see only light.
  
If we were not so broken,
Perhaps we’d see things as you do;
But we’re the walking wounded,
Mary, and not at all like you.

  
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
   
More Twelve Days of Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon
  
 

Watcher

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A tile depicting La Virgen de Guadalupe is affixed to a headstone. Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Season by season
the watcher keeps on watching
and a blackbird sings.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mary’s Song

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In a niche above a grave, La Virgen de Guadalupe watches and waits at Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona.
 


Just before Christmas
the mourning doves and blackbirds
join in Mary’s song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Twelve Days of Mary and Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Song

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A weathered statue of the Virgin Mary, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


Just before Christmas
a blackbird in the graveyard
sings a brand-new song.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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The Vanity of Riches

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La Virgen de Guadalupe protects a grave, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


The vanity of riches,
The poverty of wealth—
No woman with a sound mind
Thinks she can buy good health.
 
Shrouds have no ample pockets
For silver, gems or gold.
We go out empty-handed—
Life can’t be bought or sold.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Vanity”
 
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Vanity

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


It is vanity to think
That unknown mothers matter!
In the larger scheme of things
They are but idle chatter!

 
Thus, the cynics have their say,
And yet so many others
Fervently proclaim each day:
“We won’t forget our mothers.”

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Vanity”
 
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Even

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


Even the blackbird
pauses at the graveyard fence
before moving on.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Bittersweet

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Mourning dove, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


Deepening autumn—
the grey dove’s bittersweet song
settles on a stone.

 
Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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