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Does She Dare to Hope?


Crouching in her cave
she gulps wine mixed
with sugars from the date and fig,
wine that burns like fire.
Bonds of frailty hold her fast.
 
Outside, in the garden of good and evil,
flowers big as moons bloom so bright
they appear to be burning flares,
but she cannot see them.
 
In her cave, all is darkness,
yet she seems to hear a voice read words
older than the prophets:
“Though our outer nature is wasting away,
our inner nature is being renewed every day.”
 
Does she dare to hope?

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 

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Take a word or two

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Beavertail cactus blossom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 
 

Take a word or two—
mingle, calendar, or burning will do.
Splash them on a page,
or hang them with rope
from a branch
like lumps of suet
to feed the hungry jays.
All words woven by your hands
become poems, my daughter,
and yours will be the first weaving
to awaken daffodils
from their winter sleep.
Even the jays
will be amazed.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Burning

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First light of day on a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Would Moses recognize this burning bush?

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Burning

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Sunrise with Indigo bush in the foreground, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


early spring sunrise—
even the indigo bush
seems to be burning

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Mountaintop

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in bloom, April 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Mountaintop afire—
can no one quench the burning
of the holy flame?

 
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When mountains burn, panicked creatures flee.

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lamp

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View of the Cathedral, Zacatecas, México
 


the jade-seller’s lamp
still burning long past midnight
blotting out the moon
 
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Always somewhere a lamp is burning.

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Harmony

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


long and wearisome
the way to burning mountain
stones in one accord

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Burning Everything

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burning everything—
how adept the old rhymester
at torching poems
 
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burning everything—
even edible fragments
snatched from the starving
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
burning everything—
even the viscous liquid
seeping from her lips

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Mystery

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Charred post at abandoned homestead, Southern California
 


mystery of fire—
how the burning ravages
everything but one

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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