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Whether you divide or add,
Snow’s not green, you silly dad.
 
Breeze beneath the bright blue sky,
Teach me how to multiply.
 
Poppies then and poppies now,
Poppies for my uncle’s cow.
 
If an orange could subtract,
We’d be doomed—now, that’s a fact!
 

 
Couplets © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Six for Sunday

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Dried teasel, Yavapai County, Arizona
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
autumn afternoon—
in the park two young women
kissing each other
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
watching the old dog
try to lift his left hind leg
to spray the fire plug
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
unexpected breeze
throws my paper boat off course—
autumn afternoon
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
leaves in the tea bowl
sinking down to the bottom—
I heed the omen
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
impossible task—
keeping the stone on my back
while running 5k
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
my neighbor’s mongrel—
how perfectly she retrieves
the little red ball
 

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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The Hard Road

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~~ 1 ~~
 
as if the hard road
were nothing more than spirit
shifting in a breeze
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
as if the hard road
with all its cracks and bruising
could convey us hence
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
as if the hard road
could be negotiated
by instinct alone
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
as if the hard road
on which we staggered last night
would be smooth today
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
as if the hard road
would not hamper our footsteps
leading us astray
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
as if the hard road,
its tilt and awkward angle,
would not deter us
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
as if the hard road
could not keep pilgrims awake
as they journey on
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
as if the hard road
were the last place that we smiled
for a thousand years

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 208

Cottonwoods

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An old cottonwood tree, framing the Animas River, Aztec, New Mexico
 


at the river’s edge
not the slightest breeze riffling
the cottonwood leaves

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Another Whirl with Solomon

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Each tiny poem begins with a line from Chapter 2 of “Song of Solomon,” taken from the King James Bible.
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
the singing of birds
gathering worms for their chicks
in the hidden nests
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
the rain is over
for seven years and a day—
empty husks rattle
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
upon the mountains
a rich harvest of pollen
from the cedar trees
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
voice of the turtle
bent and broken with sorrow
as it plods along
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the little foxes
able to fend for themselves
but choosing not to
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
the winter is past—
a breeze rising from the south
coaxes seeds to sprout
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
shadows flee away
leaving darkness in their wake
on the barren plain
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
among the lilies
scattered patches of hoarfrost—
summer comes too soon
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
among the lilies
the skin of an animal
taken by surprise
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
the secret places—
how alluring their splendor
to famished spirits
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
the banqueting house
where secular debates rage
over cups of wine
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
lily among thorns—
to all who gaze upon it,
enchanting its ways

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Falling

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Prayer flags in Sedona, Arizona
 


no breeze this morning—
all the pilgrims’ petitions
falling to the ground

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Drifting

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Tile hot air balloon, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


drifting here and there
whichever way the breeze blows—
balloons of summer

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Balloons

Seeds
Seed pods on a Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


blasted by the sun
ten thousand tiny balloons
bobbing in the breeze

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Bait

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


summer evening
a breeze turns leaves over
abandoned book


fishermen bait the shadows
hoping to catch a fresh word

*Opening gambit © by Nicole the Local Artist
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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