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Songs of Shattered Stars

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~~ 1 ~~
deep in the meadow
fleeces drenched with dew at dawn
seven drowsy sheep
~~ 2 ~~
waxing the front hall
until the oaken boards shine
reflecting her face
~~ 3 ~~
in a country church
seven old evangelists
shouting out good news
~~ 4 ~~
six-year-old gymnast
twisting her lissome body
into pretzel shapes
~~ 5 ~~
touching the house wren
just before it lifts its wings
to flee my finger
~~ 6 ~~
bewildered pigeon
searching the clean-swept plaza
for even one crumb
~~ 7 ~~
worsted wool sweaters
for sale at bargain prices
the first day of spring
~~ 8 ~~
three cunning women
one an angel in disguise
sifting through rubbish
~~ 9 ~~
beyond the orchard
the place where young boys wrestle
each day after school
~~ 10 ~~
coming to bless me
with songs made of shattered stars—
old shaman at dawn

© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #302
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Tattered Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
discarded boxes
sheltering homeless people
down by the river
~~ 2 ~~
journey into night—
your heart at the beginning
fluttering wildly
~~ 3 ~~
In a perfect world
there would be no mosquitoes,
neither rats nor lice.
~~ 4 ~~
an autumn morning—
walking a misty pathway
wet leaves underfoot
~~ 5 ~~
Everything depends
on rain, a red wheelbarrow
and some white chickens.
~~ 6 ~~
a long journey to
nowhere in particular
and then back again
~~ 7 ~~
Beyond the back fence
a world I have never seen
is waiting for me.
~~ 8 ~~
a short siesta
in the silence of her room—
insomniac’s dream
~~ 9 ~~
coffee for the guests
pouring again and again
until the last drop
~~ 10 ~~
rainy afternoon—
finding a place of refuge
in the library
~~ 11 ~~
finding a table
where we can talk till midnight
nursing our whisky
~~ 12 ~~
summer afternoon
the head of one sunflower
drooping toward the earth

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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A deep depression near The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona

hawk trolling for mice
stone on the distant mountain—
both beyond my reach

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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