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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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Poring

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Fall foliage (2016) in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona
 


autumn memories—
poring over photographs
from a year ago
and wondering if the leaves
will turn vermilion again

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

Floods

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Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


floods of memories—
revisiting photographs
taken years ago

 
Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Flood”

Bedroom

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Abandoned house, Yuma County, Arizona
 


The bedroom of my childhood
Now shelters only mice;
The little house, neglected,
Long, long ago looked nice.
 
On weekends I still go there,
But only in my mind,
For memory now serves me
In ways both true and kind.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Nostalgia”

Healing

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve, Pala, California
 


wounded tree
healing memories
in the sun

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Stirring

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Battered wagon wheel, Yuma Quartermaster Depot, Yuma, Arizona
 


a trip long ago
still stirring up memories—
winter’s bitter wind

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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