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Ruby Tuesday Too: Flowers

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Red geraniums and petunias brighten a patio, Colfax, Washington.
 
Photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
 
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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
 

More Sunday’s Whirligig #153
   
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Teacher

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A tuft of feathers, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


Planets lose their way,
birds and flowers turn to dust—
the old teacher weeps.

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Teaching”

Bouquet

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Silk flowers blown by the wind from a small desert cemetery, Southern Arizona
 


After one fierce gust,
a bouquet of silk flowers
rests against the fence.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Climate

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Yucca in bloom, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


In this desert climate
Days are getting warm—
Even yucca blossoms
Have become the norm.
 
But only for a season
Are the flowers bright—
When days begin to sizzle,
All things long for night!

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Climate”

Barren

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Part of a floral decoration blown from a small cemetery, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


In a barren land
not even red silk flowers
signify good luck.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Whimsies

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~~ 1 ~~
 
waking one more time
to the familiar nightmare—
seven years of drought
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
her whole life askew
all her dreams in disarray—
end of their affair
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
a steady right hand—
the helmsman at the tiller
guiding the ship home
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
In the fairy tale
about the furry creature,
not one hair is lost.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
learning the dark side
as three unhappy sisters
trade sinister tales
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
sanguinary song
upon withdrawing his sword
from his vanquished foe
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the pull of the moon
tugging the sea from the shore
closer to the stars
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
weary white flowers
drooping over the gilt edge
of the purple vase
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
behind the guesthouse
a path leading to nowhere
in particular
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
these fleeting moments
in which to scribble haiku—
unexpected gift
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
locked forever
in the cage of her longing
for things out of reach
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
in apple harvest
agile pickers in the trees
plucking crimson fruit

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Fairy Duster

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Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla), Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


wilderness morning—
the flimsy crimson flowers
flaunting their color
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
hungry tongues close in
on tasty crimson blossoms—
hummingbird heaven
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
hummingbird tenses
before piercing the blossom
with its spear-like tongue

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Three Word Wednesday: “Flimsy, Hungry, Tense”

Staggering

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A watercolor in progress by Montana artist Mary Nault at a recent outdoor event in Yuma, Arizona
 


blooming from her brush
first flowers of the season
staggering with light

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “First Flowers”

Legacy

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Remnants of wildflowers, Northern Arizona
 


first frost’s legacy—
bouquets of wasted flowers
ready to sow seeds

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Ghost Writer Prompt”