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Dancers with Candles

Dancers with candles are lurking around
Places where mistletoe is to be found,
Hoping their empty lips soon will be kissed,
Fearing their footsteps will turn into mist.
Suddenly sleepy the dancers do swoon,
Not caring at all that it’s only noon.
Could this be deep magic doing its work,
Or am I dreaming like some lonely jerk?
Soon I’ll be nodding, my air will be gone,
And it will be time for me to pass on.
Please don’t forget me when I am no more;
Give heed to my wisdom, this I implore.
Of all I’ve told you, try to remember:
Dance with your candle every December!


Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Public Defender

Geese at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona


This was on
the Daily Show:

Did you hear the one
about the public defender
who got confused
and represented
the wrong thief?
The charges were dropped,
but the thief ended up
as a lonely insomniac.
Which just goes to show,
I suppose,
that even a college-educated person
(I’m thinking of the public defender)
had better remember his (or
her) p’s and q’s
before he (or she) cleanses
(or attempts to cleanse)
the soul of another.


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

on a lonely path
ten thousand pilgrim footprints
lodging in the dust

Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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fawn on the mountain—
hunter hidden in the dark
raises his rifle
~~ ~~ ~~
lonely little fawn
trying to nurse its mother
after the kill shot
~~ ~~ ~~
no boring ending
to the story of the fawn—
a day of vengeance

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus fremontii), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

lonely little bird
still singing in the thornbush—
indigo blossom

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Shattered pine tree, Valles Caldera National Preserve, northern New Mexico

its broken old bones
hosting ten thousand vermin—
lonely mountain pine

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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