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Blue Monday: Lemons

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A mural honoring lemon growers, Exeter, California.

The lemons in my basket
Are plump and ripe—not sweet!
But still my lovely lemons
Are good enough to eat!
If you’d prefer a mango,
There’s not much I can do,
For all these lovely lemons
Were gathered just for you!

Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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The cup

The sprinklers go round
and round and round.
You smell the water
as it streams over the lawn
over the flowers,
over your afternoon languor,
over you.
How damp you are!
How tangled your hair!
You undress yourself,
and find that you are thirsty.
Someone fills a cup
sitting empty on the shelf.
Someone fills a cup
with salt and lemons,
setting your mind aflame
with poetry, not prose.
Someone fills a cup,
and you drink deep
and deeper.
Someone fills a cup,
and the cup


Poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #130
More Poetry Pantry #372 at Poets United 


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Yuma County, Arizona lemons ripening in the desert sun

First day of the year—
the lemons seem to ripen
at a faster pace.

Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #334 at Poets United