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On seeing the world about them go splash,
They put on their helmets, ready to dash
Into the glimmering, shimmering waves
That will soon carry them into their graves.
They haven’t a prayer, they haven’t a chance,
They run through the door, preparing to dance
With spiraling waves that will not forgive—
Deadly the moments the boys won’t outlive.
Could ever there be a much sadder song
Than that of a day when all things go wrong?
Maybe the wrong would turn right, if we cared,
But plague time is here, and we’re unprepared.


Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Statue of a young child in the Huichol exhibit, Museo Zacatecano, Zacatecas, México

At the festival
celebrating girls and boys
no one waters thorns.

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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September sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

eager little boys
trying to spot Indians
in the changing clouds
~~ ~~ ~~
Just before daybreak
spiders rearrange their webs
to entice fresh prey.

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Palo verde tree seed pods, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

kites by the thousand
snagged in palo verde trees—
small boys never learn


Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Kite”


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Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

darting through the sky
a dozen runaway kites—
boys in disbelief

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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