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Three Aphorisms

Watch the dog leaping and learn from the monk;
Not all meditation needs to be junk.
Cowardice protects you when the tigers come:
Jump the paddock wall, my friend, and run like hell, just run!
Those who sit together and those who sit apart,
Know that sitting shiva is a quiet art.

Poems © by Magical Mystical Teacher
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When I was a girl

masked girl
A mural on a house in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

When I was a girl
I wanted to be someone’s wife,
washing his dirty clothes,
then hanging them out to dry
on leafless bamboo poles.
But the day I saw a blackbird
in the backyard bath,
its eyes aflame with fire,
I felt within my skin a stirring
to make paintings
envied by both monk and nun.
Now masked, with brush in hand,
I steal out every night
to splash the darkened city walls
with light, and then more light.

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Four-Word Whirl

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In the plum orchard
an old monk steps carefully
around fallen fruit.
~~ ~~
Under a plum tree,
the old monk, leaning to rest,
murmurs his prayers.
~~ ~~
Ominous thunder
drives the old monk to his feet—
koans fall to earth.
~~ ~~
Yard by yard he limps
to the shelter of his cell
through the pelting rain.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Sunrise, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

how a desert monk
simply by awakening
summons up the sun

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Whispering Water

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Seasonal stream, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

whispering water—
weary desert monk sipping
from the sacred stream


Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Small Mountain

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Barrel Cactus (Genus Ferocactus), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

weary desert monk
trudging up the small mountain
panting his prayers

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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