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Tattered Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
discarded boxes
sheltering homeless people
down by the river
~~ 2 ~~
journey into night—
your heart at the beginning
fluttering wildly
~~ 3 ~~
In a perfect world
there would be no mosquitoes,
neither rats nor lice.
~~ 4 ~~
an autumn morning—
walking a misty pathway
wet leaves underfoot
~~ 5 ~~
Everything depends
on rain, a red wheelbarrow
and some white chickens.
~~ 6 ~~
a long journey to
nowhere in particular
and then back again
~~ 7 ~~
Beyond the back fence
a world I have never seen
is waiting for me.
~~ 8 ~~
a short siesta
in the silence of her room—
insomniac’s dream
~~ 9 ~~
coffee for the guests
pouring again and again
until the last drop
~~ 10 ~~
rainy afternoon—
finding a place of refuge
in the library
~~ 11 ~~
finding a table
where we can talk till midnight
nursing our whisky
~~ 12 ~~
summer afternoon
the head of one sunflower
drooping toward the earth

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Cholla cactus, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Maricopa County, Arizona

parched and barren land
longing for misty showers
to settle the dust

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Ice-skating rink, Plaza de Armas, Zacatecas, México

festive afternoon
round and round the skaters glide
church bells stun the air
~~ ~~ ~~
church bells stun the air
graceful skaters skimming ice
vibrantly alive
~~ ~~ ~~
vibrantly alive
relishing the glaring ice
round and round they go
~~ ~~ ~~
round and round they go
while misty-eyed grandparents
remember their youth

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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