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Riddle

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


The shadows are long, the cross is askew;
What Death has accomplished, who can undo?
 
A riddle, I think, whose answer is right:
Forsaking all darkness, look to the Light.

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Travel Tales

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
day for gathering
praise in a sturdy backpack—
travel sustenance
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
above the doorbell
only a hint of darkness—
first day of summer
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
into his pocket
shoving the works of darkness
written on a scrap
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a French pastry shop
on a cobbled city street—
the lure of éclairs
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
sesame cookies—
hungry children devour them
Sunday afternoons
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a basket of bread—
giving thanks for seven loaves
baked fresh this morning
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the map in the car
showing a tortuous way
through the wilderness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
going the wrong way
not discerning north from south—
careless traveller
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
communion wafers—
seeking counsel on the way
from tasteless morsels
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
olives everywhere
but no wine for the thirsty—
traveller’s nightmare
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Massive olive trees—
my enemy chops them down
with his keen-edged axe.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a full moon ago
traveller fainted at dusk—
on the road again

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Protected

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


a house protected
from the powers of darkness—
only three sorrows

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Newborn

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Arizona church interior, decorated for Christmas
 


Go straight down the stairs,
then turn right, where you will find
a newborn baby.
~~ ~~ ~~


No darkness can overcome the light.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Light

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Arizona church interior, decorated for Christmas
 


On the longest night
a light pierces the darkness—
tidings of great joy.
~~ ~~ ~~


In the darkness, a light shines.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Waiting

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Sunset on a golf course, Southern Arizona, captured with an iPhone
 


pond spirits waiting
for one more wave of darkness
to veil their antics

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Snooze

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) in September, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 

To know a place you have to walk it again and again. Slowly. Eyes open. Expectantly. I walk the wilderness daily. Even on the same paths and in the same places there is always something new. I know where to find the ironwood tree and the indigo bush. I know where a young saguaro shelters in the shadows of its nurse tree, a palo verde. And I know where the prickly poppies grow, blooming in snowy profusion in April and May. As the desert days become hotter and hotter, the flowers go to seed. September is not a prickly poppy month. Yet something draws me to the place where I saw them in the spring. A single white blossom clings to one spiny, bedraggled stalk. I fall to my knees before this wonder, weeping for joy at my good fortune.


on poppy petals
darkness arranges itself
for a midday snooze

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Shifting

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Melon blossom, Southern California
 


in the melon field
a shifting world of darkness
underneath the vines

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Carpe Diem: “Buson’s ‘Fruitless Blossoms'”

Ripening

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Trailing Milkweed (Sarcostemma hirtellum), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


strewn along the branch
a thousand years of darkness
ripening to stars

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Holy Circle

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Sacred Heart Church, Farmington, New Mexico
 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher