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Three Kings
A seasonal wall hanging in a Yuma County, Arizona church

Gold, frankincense, myrrh—
but where are the plum blossoms
for the one we seek?

Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Whirling with Amy

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Each vignette begins with a phrase culled from “The Kingfisher,” by Amy Clampitt.

~~ 1 ~~
poetry is gone—
the miner and the farmer
clench their teeth with toil
~~ 2 ~~
a downtown churchyard
where old women holding court
leer at three old men
~~ 3 ~~
A dazzled pub crawl—
what shall we give the barkeeps
for their jollity?
~~ 4 ~~
pastoral nightfall
under the crossed oak branches
a tryst by moonlight
~~ 5 ~~
ruined nunnery
celibates used to live here
now skittering mice
~~ 6 ~~
on Fifty-fifth Street
threading the intersection
with thundering heart
~~ 7 ~~
a Sunday morning
somewhere across the ocean
where no church bells toll
~~ 8 ~~
some grizzled spruce bog
where creatures keep to themselves
and no one sees them
~~ 9 ~~
seeing how his hands
go searching through the haystack
for missing needles
~~ 10 ~~
stunning tapestry
woven with thread of gold and
the blood of martyrs
~~ 11 ~~
Through the long evening
one expression recurring—
“You don’t understand.”
~~ 12 ~~
among its headstones
one in the cemetery
bringing you to mind

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Old advertising sign for sale at an antique store, Sedona, Arizona

hued in blue and gold
morning glory pretender
climbing up the wall

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Bandelier National Monument, northern New Mexico

gleaming in the grass
ten thousand coins of pure gold
disguised as flowers

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Three Kings

When the plums blossom,
we shall bring our gifts to him—
gold, frankincense, myrrh.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Sunflower at dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona


salmon, blue and gold—
a summer sunset’s palette
in the wilderness

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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