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Blue Monday: Flower

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Blue flower: detail of a decorative wreath for sale in a New Mexico gift shop
 


Flower of cloth with petals of blue,
It never pains me to look at you.
 
The more I look, the better I feel.
My life must be on an even keel.

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

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Blue Monday: Beware

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Warning sign at a rest area on Interstate 8, Southern Arizona
 


Watch out for the critters that like to take bites
From parts of your body on dark desert nights!
 
Watch out for the rattlers and scorpions too,
Because if you’re bitten, we’ll surely miss you!

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Shoe

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Lost shoe, somewhere in California
 


A runner slipped out of her shoe—
A pity, because it is blue.
Her foot is now bare,
She’s nothing to wear
Until she buys footwear anew.

 
Photo and limerick © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #366 at Poets United
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Garden Goddess

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Although her arms are broken
And her feet are crumbling fast,
The little garden goddess
Seems to last and last.
 
In every growing season,
Whether summer or in spring,
The little garden goddess
Doesn’t miss a thing.
 
She sees the roses blooming
And a hungry little bird;
She sees tomato hornworms,
Though her eyes are blurred.
 
She keeps watch every morning,
Every midday, every night—
The little garden goddess
Makes sure all’s just right.

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Stars

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Detail of a patriotic wreath for sale in a New Mexico gift shop
 


 
Photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Banderas

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A street festooned with blue banderas, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


What’s a celebration without a flag or two?
It really doesn’t matter if they’re red or blue,
As long as they can flutter high above the street,
While the people down below laugh and drink and eat.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Hungry Mallard

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Part of a sign promoting clean lakes and streams, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


One day a hungry mallard
Was looking for a snack;
He looked both up- and downstream,
He looked both front and back.
 
He settled for a minnow,
While hungering for more,
Then swam back reluctantly
To the distant shore.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Trail Marker

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Trail marker at Willow Lake, Prescott, Arizona
 


Off we go on the mile-high trail,
Off we go with a shout!
Following signs marking the way,
We know what we’re about.
 
Perhaps we will glimpse a hobbit,
Or maybe soaring hawks—
These are the hopes that sustain us
On long and winding walks.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Blue Monday: Desert Family

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Detail from a mosaic on a community wall, Ajo, Arizona
 


We’re a desert family,
We know the ways of stones,
Cactus wrens and rattlesnakes—
The desert’s in our bones.
 
To snatch us from the desert
Would make our poor hearts ache,
For desert-dwellers cannot thrive
Beside an azure lake.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetry Pantry #362 at Poets United
 
 

Blue Monday: Tattered Garment

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Immigrants crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico often abandon clothing in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


Someone left a garment,
Left in the sand,
As she fled to safety
In a foreign land.
 
The garment’s torn and tattered,
And faded by the sun,
Yet bears the haunting beauty
Of someone on the run.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher