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No Going Back

 

Languid autumn afternoon—
does she know a loss is coming,
a loss so devastating
that longing to die will consume her days?
After it happens,
there will be no going back.
He hinted at this, the angel,
who told her she was exceptional
among women.
If only she could see the outline
of some small joy beyond what she will suffer,
then she could bear what is to come
and more.

 

Poem © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Name

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Wellton Memorial Cemetery, Wellton, Arizona
 


a name carved in stone
only part of the story—
listening for more

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Mariachis and More

Old Mariachis
Painting at Fábrica La Aurora San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 
 
THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “No More Cake Here” by Natalie Diaz: mortuary, motor, many, midnight, mouths, mariachis, mutants, magician, meth, missed, more, maybe


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
old mariachis
their faces creased with music
tumbling through the night
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
A little more time—
the cobblestones will crumble
and fresh woods will sprout.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Maybe the ravens
know more about nasturtiums
than ever I will.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
old poet hobbling
near the pond’s edge at midnight
ripple of water
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Sing me a riddle:
How many crooked pathways
make a journey whole?

 
~~ 6 ~~
 
It is a sonnet,
and anything can happen—
pour it in their mouths!
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
an old motor home
clunking along the highway
gypsy at the wheel
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
thinking once more of
those missed opportunities—
sixty untold tales
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the old magician
seeking advice from ravens
on a windy night
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
one breath from heaven
mortuary director
waits for the next call
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
sudden explosion—
a meth lab in his kitchen
blows the guy to hell
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
seventeen mutants
singing alto in the choir—
the strange ways of God

 
Poems © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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