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A Pilgrim’s Consolation

Warfare, pilgrim, is good reason to betake yourself from here.
Seek the roads that no one else takes; from the crowd now disappear.
Do not disdain the pebble that now lodges in your shoe.
Hail those you meet along the way; give praise where praise is due.
Shield yourself from falsehood by recalling holy tales;
Strengthen soul and body as you drink the sacred ales.
At the crest of yonder mountain, where clouds obscure the view,
Fear not, O weary pilgrim: Someone watches over you.

Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #214
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Mother and child, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

A single mother,
feeling hard stares from the crowd,
hurries far away.

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Social Stigma”


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Blossoms of a Palo verde tree at sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

crowd of well-wishers
waiting for me at sunrise—
ten thousand blossoms

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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More Carpe Diem’s Time Glass: “Sunrise”