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Press One for English

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A palm tree near the duck pond, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

 
 

The palms,
filled with songbirds,
bow low to the earth.
Butterflies ravage
the carcass of a fox.
A farmer,
dazzled by his tomatoes,
flows in and out
of the here and now,
munching something
hallucinogenic.
The end is near,
and all the players know it.
Press One for English.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #127
   
More Poetry Pantry #369 at Poets United

Blossoms

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Showers of blossoms on a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


first golden blossoms
enriching the wilderness—
one saint bows her head

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Saint”

First Days

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~~ 1 ~~
 
first days of the year—
something that the neighbor heard
still troubling her dreams
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
first days of the year—
weaving infidelity
into her life’s tale
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
first days of the year—
a hidden greenness rising
in the oak branches
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
first day of the year—
for her missing firstborn son
unstoppable tears
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
first day of the year—
wounded bird on the sidewalk
lifting its left wing
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
first days of the year—
in the even-numbered hours,
not the odd, a song
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
first days of the year—
remembering mosquitoes
and her bitten hands
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
first days of the year—
picking at the bullet wound
from six weeks ago
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
first days of the year—
playing more digital games
to forget her pain
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
first day of the year—
a bow to the fat snowflakes
settling on my sleeve

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #285
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #41

Bow

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A dead palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


palo verde tree
bent in the shape of a bow—
arrow loosed at dawn

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Bow”

Worship

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Globe Mallow seedhead at twilight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


wilderness at dawn
no one bowing in worship
before the ripe seeds

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Worship”
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Dawn”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine

Gracefully

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Ironwood tree Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 
the soul drenched in love
seeks nothing, gives everything
finds Buddha within*


even the desert dancers
bow gracefully to the earth

*5-7-5 by Atreyee @ Zebra Crossing
 
Final two lines © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem Tan Renga: “The Soul Drenched in Love”