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Making Memories

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Photo illustration for a Guadalajara Reporter story in 2016, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México


Someone made some memories,
Made them long ago,
Using a film camera,
And this is what I know:
 
The women in the photo
Do not smile or blink.
Their bland looks betray nothing—
One wonders what they think.
 
Each woman holds a doggie,
The doggies are quite still.
Were the little beasties drugged
And held against their will?
 
And what about the ribbons
The women do not wear?
Are they content with hair spray
To batten down their hair?
 
A hundred questions pop up
About this photograph;
Some of them are sobering,
And some just make me laugh.

 
Photo © 2016 and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Memories”

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Mirror

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A mirror decorated for Christmas 2016, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
 


The napkins on the table
And paintings on the wall
Are pictured in the mirror,
The glass that sees them all.
 
But mirrors cannot picture
The realm within the soul,
Where Spirit speaks to spirit,
And crushed things are made whole.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Keratin

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Advertisement for decorative fingernails painted on a car door, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
 


six nails in a row—
rainbow-colored keratin
beckoning to me

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Row”

Clock

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Ongoing construction in front of Guadalajara, Mexico’s cathedral
 


Sunday afternoon—
the clock seems to move slower
than on other days.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Haiku Horizons: “Clock”

Sweeping

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Small catrina figure on a table outside a shop in Tonalá, Jalisco, México
 


Instead of a bat,
she wields a wicked white broom,
sweeping home plate clean.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Petatillo

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Artisan at work, Galería Bernabe, Tonalá, Jalisco, México
 

summer afternoon—
petatillo artisan
paints another line

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Blue Angel

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Angel for sale at a shop, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México
 


Angel, do you see
reindeer coursing through the sky—
or are you just shy?

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Angels”

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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Flame

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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 © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Stalking Pigeons

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Among pigeons in the Zocalo, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
 


step by stealthy step
two children stalking pigeons
in awe and wonder

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Pigeon”