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At the festival

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A dog explores the weeds and grasses near Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
 
 

at the festival
she wore only poems
that she had listened to before…
before the wine
before the fruit
before the shades of night
came without warning
to spirit her away
from where she walked
with her favorite dog
the two of them together
clad only
in poems

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Boxes

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Old fruit boxes, Southern Arizona
 


shaping a poem
to fit inside a fruit box—
essence of apples

 

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Witness

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Ripe fruit on a backyard orange tree, Southern California
 


a silent witness
to the earth’s fertility—
one unblemished fruit

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Fruit

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La Virgen Maria, artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


fruit of prophecy—
a virgin bears a baby
barn straw scents the night

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Renunciation

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Mesquite blossoms at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


If the mesquite tree
were to renounce its blossoms,
how would it bear fruit?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Bits and Pieces

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~~ 1 ~~
 
A dispute with stone—
who can understand the tongue
with which granite speaks?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Save your arguments
with wind and stone and raven
for another day.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Honoring birdsong,
the women at the river
pause between each skirt.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
At war with herself,
she plans the next great battle,
hoping she will win.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
pounding enough maize
to contrive her only meal—
one thin tortilla
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
crack in the window
rain seeping in from the storm—
a thousand questions
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
someone’s lost suitcase
lying beside the freeway
spilling shirts and socks
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
ripening breadfruit
attacked by ravenous birds
shredding twilight’s calm
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
how careful the child
licking the lollipop down
to the stiff white stick
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
parable of grace—
from a tiny mustard seed
a plant oak-tree tall
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
a fathom or two
under the Mississippi—
something sinister

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Brush

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Havre, Montana artist Mary Nault painting at an outdoor event in Yuma, Arizona
 


watercolor brush—
in each bristle a plum tree
laden with ripe fruit

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Lantern

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View of a courtyard in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, Arizona
 


Red paper lantern—
mistaking it for ripe fruit,
wrens peck at its flesh.

 
Text and photo © 2014 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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Fertility

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Earth Mother garden feature, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


season by season
earth mother calling forth fruit—
fertility’s ring

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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