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Marigolds

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


We biked into the garden,
Where marigolds did bloom.
We thought we’d have a picnic
In this fine outdoor room.
 
We spread a checkered blanket,
Near where we laid our bikes;
We nibbled cheese, sipped some wine,
And listened to the shrikes.

 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Spaces

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A red leaf among pine debris, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


On the forest floor
even hidden spaces hold
both darkness and light.

 
Photo and haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Spilling

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January sunrise, Yuma County, Arizona
 


Tenth day of the year—
the door of heaven opens,
spilling out fresh light.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif: “Door”

Light

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A Yuma County, Arizona home still glows with Christmas lights in 2017.
 


Though Christmas is past,
light still shines in the darkness
of a desert night.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Notes

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Reflection of a December sunrise in the rear window of a recreational vehicle, Yuma County, Arizona
 


one note, then two more
coaxing light to come again—
Kokopelli’s flute

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Star

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Detail from a wall hanging in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


a trail of bright light
high above the birthing place—
star of Bethlehem

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Following

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Abandoned irrigation ditch at dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


I follow the fading light home.

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Light

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La Virgen de Guadalupe at a wayside shrine, Ajo, Arizona
 


in the dark places
of this tilting universe—
a light still shining

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blackbird

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Butterfield Golf Course, Wellton, Arizona
 

blackbird by herself
celebrating morning light—
the tilt of her wing

 
Haiku photo © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hyperbole

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A section of a church bookshelf

 
Many years ago I was invited to teach an adult Sunday school class. I read the text that we were supposed to discuss, the words of Jesus from Luke 14:26: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”
 
“This is an example of hyperbole,” I said. “Jesus is exaggerating for the sake of emphasis. He doesn’t really expect you to hate those who are near and dear to you.”
 
Willard bristled at my statement. “My Bible says that you have to hate them,” he said.
 
“It’s a figure of speech,” I countered. “Can you follow Jesus and hate your wife?”
 
“It’s not a figure of speech,” Willard insisted. “It says hate and it means hate.”
 
The rest of the class grew increasingly uneasy as Willard and I traded verbal blows.
 
At last I said, “I guess we’re just going to have to agree to disagree.” And I moved on.

 


one way to the light
goes through the house of darkness—
I open the door

 
Haibun and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Hyperbole”