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You Were Meant to Fly


You open the kitchen door, Mother,
and slip into the woods
after supper.
There is no trail to follow,
but you do not worry;
swarms of stars
wait to greet you
and show you the way.
 
You leave your valuables behind;
masked strangers can have them,
and you will not moan over your losses.
You know you’ll get what you need for
your journey at just the right time.
 
You were meant to fly—
the stars will deal gently with you.

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
More Sunday’s Whirligig #161
   
More Poetry Pantry #403 at Poets United

Quiddities

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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 ~~
 
carry-on luggage
one bag black, the other beige
bulging with tchotchkes
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Without a ticket,
she will not fly this evening—
travel drought begins.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
going the wrong way—
imagine her great surprise
slamming into oaks
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
leper colony—
warblers among the branches
serenade the sick
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
In another room
a woman with open arms
welcomes motes of dust.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
between the pages
aiming to find the answers
to unasked questions
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lighting thin candles
in honor of the feeders
that snatch up small seeds

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #51

Basking

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Turtle garden feature, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


far from fog and frost
turtle basks in autumn sun
waiting for a fly

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fog/Ripe”

Refuge

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In the shade of a palo verde tree, with saguaro cactus in the distance, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Arizona
 


in the shade a fly
takes refuge from a lizard
sizzling afternoon
 
~~ * ~~
 
hunting lizard
spies a tasty morsel
zip! zap! no fly!

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Fly”
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Hunting”

Waiting

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Old door in Historic Downtown Yuma, Arizona
 


on the door a fly
waiting for the right moment
to slip through a crack

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Fly”