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Four Couplets in Plague Time

Everything stirs up my blood:
Leaves and grass, and squishy mud.
Dancers in the field don’t need
Anything but chicken feed.
Don’t give garbage to your cow!
Stop this nonsense, stop it now!
I wish I could see the light;
Hear bees whisper, “It’s all right.”


Rhyming couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Send Me Silver Messages

Send me silver messages on wings of bees or bats.
Send them to the sad café, where I wear many hats:
Baker, barber, barkeep—even chairman of the board;
Table number three is mine, beside the safety cord.
Also in the library, where dancing Buddhas shine,
You may find me barely sober (I’ll be drinking wine).
Remember now, for safety’s sake, parking’s not allowed
Near the curb, or where bad news is breaking to the crowd.
If you can make some sense of this, you’re better than I am;
Farewell, dear friends, my journey starts—I’m off to Vietnam!

Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Blue Monday: Bees

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Nine-year-old John painted bees on a table in the shade at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona

A bee that is blue
Is a sight to behold.
It’s brighter, I think,
Than a bee that is gold,
Or even a bee
That is purple or red—
Just, please, keep the bees
Far away from my bed!

Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Bee visiting a poppy in bloom at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California

From bees of either gender
I tend to run and hide.
I fear that they will harm me
The longer I’m outside.
Indoors, away from stingers,
I find a book or two
To while away the daylight,
Until the bees are through.

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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ironwood tree in bloom, April 2016, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

in hidden places
conspiracies of blossoms
luring hungry bees

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Yucca transitioning from blossom to seedpod, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona

plump seedpod
cradling next summer
in secret
gossip bees whisper
in the blossom fields

Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sunflower and bee
Sunflower at daybreak, Southern California

Someone flung these stars
across the meadow at dawn—
bees claw at their hearts.

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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