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Bones

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Agave past bloom, turning brittle in the sun, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Tell me, Grandmother,
why the old agave’s bones
pierce each passing cloud.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Bone

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Sun-bleached backbones, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Flesh retreats from bone—
even the raven’s pleading
cannot change the odds.

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Fishing Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
seven fishing boats
rocking imperceptibly
in a gentle swell
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
fishing line tangles
twice around the willow limb—
Elijah returns
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
fishing through the mess
in the middle desk drawer—
pages torn from Psalms
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
fishing from the bridge
with a stolen rod and reel—
Egypt lies downstream
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
how her heart aches
fishing for compliments
that never come
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
deep-water fishing—
nothing God says in mercy
keeps Jonah on land
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
sharp prongs of lightning—
a fleet of fishing trawlers
limping back to shore
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
fishing boots with holes—
watching prophets weave and sway
limping round puddles
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
guts bloody the sink
from this morning’s fishing trip
to Lake Galilee
 

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Bones

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Remains of a dead Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


even at midday
lingering cold in the bones
of an old cholla

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Resting

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


resting in the sand
bones of weary pioneers
free, thank God, at last

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Rebozo

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A frisson of grief—
even the black rebozo
cannot warm her bones.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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