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Twice I Thought I Saw a Flame


Twice I thought I saw a flame
When the shapeless angel came.
Pure and bright she blazed near me;
In her hand she held a key.
 
“This unlocks your heart’s desire,
Be it water, earth, or fire.
You must choose what works for you,
Then will I your bidding do.”
 
Long I stood in awe and stared,
While her visage blazed and flared.
How I trembled, how I ached!
My flesh quivered and I quaked!
 
Then I spoke with fearful voice:
“This I ask, this is my choice:
Like you let me be a flame
Ever wilding, never tame.”
 
“Done!” she cried. “That I’ll allow!
I’ll set you ablaze right now!
Wear this holy fire in grace!
Every mortal, hide your face!”
 
Many years have passed since then,
Years beyond all mortal ken;
Still I flare and still I blaze,
And I will for endless days.

 
  
Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Weekend

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Palo verde blossoms, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
First weekend of spring—
an outcry from a boulder
startles the blind man.
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
First weekend of spring—
by reading classics aloud,
she consoles herself.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
first weekend of spring—
beach boys beating their sandals
to rid them of sand
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
First weekend of spring—
exhausted, though the surf pounds,
she sleeps on the shore.
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
First weekend of spring—
she tries to name the birdsong
that disturbs her sleep.
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
First weekend of spring—
a flame in the eastern sky
makes the blind man flinch.
 

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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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?

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 

When mountains burn, panicked creatures flee.

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

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Decorated river stone left by a young visitor, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


flame of four colors
rising from the river stone—
raven squawks in awe

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tongue

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Bananas, Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
 


how one tongue of flame
licking at the hanging fruit
ripens into song

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Consuming

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Gazania in bloom, Southern California
 


fierce the crimson flame
consuming every petal—
caterpillars flee

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Adoration

First light of day

First daylight, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Who sets free the flame
to lick with adoration
both tree and mountain?

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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