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Over the Coffin


Over the coffin
three wizened hags burn incense—
long dead is their queen.
~~ ~~ ~~
over the coffin
a pall the hue of sunset—
army widow keens
~~ ~~ ~~
over the coffin
no moral judgments uttered
by the grieving band

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Temple Precincts


A flabby old priest,
recumbent in the temple,
leers as pilgrims pray.
~~ ~~ ~~
An indignant priest
shoves aside the woman’s gift
with abusive shouts.
~~ ~~ ~~
stench of holiness
rising in clouds of incense—
morning sacrifice

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Ironwood blossom photo SonoranApril20131797a_zps3e72bd2e.jpg
Ironwood (Olneya tesota) in bloom, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

Never uprooted,
ancient ironwood still blooms—
sweet desert incense.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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