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Kick the Song

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Fishing boat, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

 
 

Kick the song ahead of you,
kick it into the mist and spume,
even though you are shaking,
and three women spinning yarn
are laughing at you.
Kick the song of ruin,
kick it over the boat
where the grey-headed vagrant
slips into sleep
under the spell of opioids.
Kick the song out of the way,
so that no one ever hears it again.
Do not be afraid.
Kick.
Kick.
Kick.

 

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #128
   
More Poetry Pantry #370 at Poets United

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Plotlines

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Midwinter sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
on a yellow plate
a stack of toast tall enough
to touch the full moon
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Against a stone wall
the notes from a temple bell
cling like morning mist.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
adorned with flowers—
some scarlet, some lavender—
his daughter’s casket
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a tall limestone cross—
seven dead chrysanthemums
scattered at its base
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a few splats of rain
and her daydream is ruined—
midsummer morning
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
searching for a house
where three children play jump-rope
till the supper call
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
Under an awning
the desperate lovers touch
and kiss each other.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
plotting the places
where she might run from his threats—
not enough to count
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
The man who sells forks
hides them from a group on tour—
his suspicious eyes.

 
Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 240

Mist

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Waterfall, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


Into the pocket
of the shirt I did not wash
crawls waterfall mist.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Waterfall”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Sizzling

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Saguaro cacti, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Arizona
 


desert afternoon
not even thin mist falling
sizzling is the way
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Even the cactus shadows are sweating!

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Mist”

Snapping

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wolves on the lake shore
snapping at the morning mist—
a frightened loon shrieks

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Southard’s ‘The Cry of a Loon'”