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Brown-eyed girl

Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona

A penny for your thoughts,
brown-eyed girl.
Can anyone grow wise
thinking only of the stars?
When shadows nestle in your hair,
becoming bent and crooked—
is that how wisdom begins?
What about the young boy
who loops himself around
the boa constrictor
and survives to tell the tale?
Will you be like him?
Will you have a tale to tell?
How will you begin?
A penny (that’s enough)
for your thoughts,
brown-eyed girl.


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #124


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Sunflowers, southern Colorado

~~ 1 ~~
spreading jam thickly
on a slice of whole wheat bread—
ravenous schoolboy
~~ 2 ~~
pollen in the air
making the young schoolboy sneeze—
his homework scatters
~~ 3 ~~
A young schoolboy hops
froglike to biology
down the long hallway.
~~ 4 ~~
His former teacher
pats the schoolboy on his head
as though he’s her pet.
~~ 5 ~~
through summer-scorched weeds
schoolboys pushing their way home—
crooked is the path
~~ 6 ~~
Playground katydids—
schoolboys pay no attention
as they chase the girls.
~~ 7 ~~
Bored out of his gourd,
a schoolboy totes up reasons
for being outdoors.
~~ 8 ~~
The hottest schoolboy’s
unavailable right now,
having been grounded.
~~ 9 ~~
Little red capsules—
the schoolboy’s gulping them down
as fast as he can.
~~ 10 ~~
shoplifting schoolboy—
his teachers thought him honest
until his arrest
~~ 11 ~~
In this schoolboy’s life
someone needs to intervene
before it’s too late.

Poems © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona

Crooked little paths
winding through the wilderness—
which one should I take?

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Palo verde trees, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

in crooked branches—
morning light

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher


View of the Cathedral, Zacatecas, México

crooked little streets
with ten thousand lamps ablaze
punishing the night

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Yuma, Arizona

From all crooked ways
that would lure me from the light,
keep my stumbling feet.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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