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Daybreak at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


The smokers are still sleeping,
All snug within their tents.
The air is fresh and lovely,
Despite the world’s events.
 
But with the exhalation
Of morning’s first white smoke,
Creatures near the cigarettes
Will writhe and gag and choke.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Smoking Tobacco”

Whirling with Solomon

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Each tiny poem begins with a line from Chapter 2 of “Song of Solomon,” taken from the King James Bible.
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
the singing of birds—
her soul yields to the trilling
of their morning tongues
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
the rain is over
earth’s parched palate is waiting
for another spring
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
upon the mountains
pumas mix with the ravens—
a mingling of tongues
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
voice of the turtle
more subtle than any breeze
soughing through the hills
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the little foxes
fresh from the hunt at daybreak
feasting in their den
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
The winter is past—
hints of ice and snow still lurk
among the shadows.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
shadows flee away
as the toasty hours approach
with high noon’s blazing
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
among the lilies
she tends morning by morning
one barbarous thorn
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
among the lilies
morning and afternoon sex
with her beloved
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
the secret places—
in them the lingering scents
of hurried affairs
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
the banqueting house
redolent of gin and wine
even before noon
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
lily among thorns—
the soul in dereliction
still fragrant with grace

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #227
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 187

Fishing

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


summer evening
a breeze turns leaves over
abandoned book


fishing among the shadows
she hopes to catch a fresh word

*Opening three lines © by Nicole the Local Artist
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fishing”

Bait

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


summer evening
a breeze turns leaves over
abandoned book


fishermen bait the shadows
hoping to catch a fresh word

*Opening gambit © by Nicole the Local Artist
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Poetry Pantry #184
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
 
More Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge: “Summer Evening”