Waiting

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


deepening autumn—
grasses among gold aspens
await the first snow

 
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Meeting

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


deepening autumn—
meeting you on the mountain
under the great pines

 
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The Fifty-Year Reunion


The fifty-year reunion
Was a time of deepest grief—
Some classmates couldn’t make it,
For they’d fallen like a leaf.
 
But others showed up eager
To shake hands and flash a smile
At classmates they had not seen
For more than quite a while.
 
Their talk was small and aimless,
And some people would not say
What was really on their minds—
Didn’t matter anyway,
 
For at the stroke of midnight
All the oldsters shuffled out,
Relieved the farce was over:
Nothing to write home about.

 

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Reunion

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An old King James Version Bible, open to James 1:22-24
 


her open Bible—
getting together again
with words that instruct

 
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Blue Monday: Doormat

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Doormat at the entrance to my classroom, Yuma County, Arizona
 


The doormat’s getting gritty,
It’s time to take a broom,
And sweep away the sand grains
Before they trash the room.
 
I like to have a classroom
That’s free of grit and sand,
A place that welcomes students—
At least, that’s what I’ve planned!

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Kick the Song

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Fishing boat, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

 
 

Kick the song ahead of you,
kick it into the mist and spume,
even though you are shaking,
and three women spinning yarn
are laughing at you.
Kick the song of ruin,
kick it over the boat
where the grey-headed vagrant
slips into sleep
under the spell of opioids.
Kick the song out of the way,
so that no one ever hears it again.
Do not be afraid.
Kick.
Kick.
Kick.

 

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Deadly

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Detail from a mural, Prescott Public Library, Prescott, Arizona
 


Shadows cannot dull a deadly blade.

 
Photo and text © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Empty

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An empty campsite, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Little cactus wren,
the table that looks empty
still holds ants for you.

 
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Task

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Watching through my window as the Arizona sun rises in September
 


Little mourning dove,
singing up the sun each day—
this task falls to you.

 
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Making Memories

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Photo illustration for a Guadalajara Reporter story in 2016, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México


Someone made some memories,
Made them long ago,
Using a film camera,
And this is what I know:
 
The women in the photo
Do not smile or blink.
Their bland looks betray nothing—
One wonders what they think.
 
Each woman holds a doggie,
The doggies are quite still.
Were the little beasties drugged
And held against their will?
 
And what about the ribbons
The women do not wear?
Are they content with hair spray
To batten down their hair?
 
A hundred questions pop up
About this photograph;
Some of them are sobering,
And some just make me laugh.

 
Photo © 2016 and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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