Blue Monday: Baking Powder

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An ad for baking powder painted on a brick wall, Dayton, Washington

  
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Macro Monday 2: Vetch

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Wild vetch blossoms catch the last light of day, Palouse Falls State Park, Washington.
 



 
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Not on Any Map


not on any map
the road across the desert
stretches on for years
 
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they travel by car
their destination unknown
fleeing disaster
 
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a set of footprints
swept away by whipping wind
and the ocean’s surf
 
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near a wooden door
stands a wooden rocking horse
and a lonely child
 
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morning glory seeds
tucked into an envelope—
their hidden blossoms
 
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a tentative smile
after six weeks of sorrow
in the cancer ward
 
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hanging new curtains
to defy the brilliant light
of a summer’s day
 
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blackbird in the oak—
the greatness of his wingspan
as he starts to fly
 
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hapless refugee
her sense of wonder stolen
by a border guard

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #166
 
More Poetry Pantry #407 at Poets United
 

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: River Gorge

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Evening shadows settle into a river gorge, Palouse Falls State Park, Washington.
 
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Carcass

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The earth reclaims an old pickup near Dayton, Washington.
 


While one blackbird sings,
a pickup’s rusting carcass
slumps beside the road.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sunflower Blossoms

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Sunflowers bloom at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Sunflower blossoms remind me of you
And how you would smile while tying your shoe
To ready yourself for journeys afar;
I keep these memories stored in a jar
 
Along with a pebble and a small bone,
And feathers I found while walking alone
That summer day at the edge of the lake,
Knowing your journey had been a mistake;
 
For somewhere afar, you vanished from sight,
Your footprints erased by wind in the night;
No one could find you, though they looked for days—
You’d gone just like sunlight burns away haze.
 
Many years later, the riddle goes on:
How did you vanish like darkness at dawn?
I have no answer, but this much is true:
Sunflower blossoms remind me of you.

 
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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Regret


I lusted for some chocolate, ice cream, and lemonade.
I sought the finest bonbons that humans ever made.
 
I craved the smoothest liquors, the wine that’s called Champagne.
I went in search of something that would assuage my pain.
 
I found in using cocaine a potent anodyne.
It became a boon to me, although it’s not benign.
 
Alas, my strength was wasted on things that could not give
The freedom that I needed and would have let me live.

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Lust”

If You Are Not a Reader


If you wait until the end comes, friend—
the end of the world, I mean—
to pick up a book and read,
you will never find out
how love and lust,
though cousins, differ,
and why one is far superior to the other.
Luck may sometimes nudge you in the right direction,
toward love and not toward lust,
but how lucky can you be if you are not a reader?

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #165
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Lust”

Ruby Tuesday Too: Tabletop

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Top-down view of an outdoor table at an Airbnb accommodation, Colfax, Washington
 
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Blue Monday: Moose Mural

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A mural on a business establishment, Dayton, Washington

  
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