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Tales of This and That

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Section of a well-weathered wooden wagon wheel, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
 


  
~~ 1 ~~
  
on a well-worn plank
peppers waiting to be sliced
with a keen-edge knife
  
~~ 2 ~~
  
As winter deepens,
her loneliness grows longer
in the waning light.
  
~~ 3 ~~
  
From a broken plate
the homeless man is scraping
just enough to taste.
  
~~ 4 ~~
  
Everything depends
on music she composes
while making mistakes.
  
~~ 5 ~~
  
Death by cliff or snare—
she imagines her revenge
on him who harmed her.
  
~~ 6 ~~
  
Artists young and old,
create out of this darkness
new and dazzling light.

 
Haiku © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Music

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


desert wind rattling
in a discarded paint can—
this too is music

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Christmas Music

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A tiny Nativity set in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


The music I adore most
Comes round but once a year.
They call it Christmas music,
It fills my heart with cheer.
 
I love to sing of Mary,
Of Joseph and the Child;
I love to sing of angels—
I’m sure they must be wild.
 
The shepherds in the pasture?
I sing their praises too,
For they ran to Bethlehem
To see the baby Jew.
 
The Magi on their camels,
Who traveled from afar
Found the Baby’s manger bed
By following a star.
 
And so, when winter deepens,
And earth is cold and drear,
I sing a song of people
Who cast aside their fear.
 
But what if, in the summer,
I sang a Christmas song?
Would all my friends desert me,
And tell me that I’m wrong?
 
I think I know the answer,
And this is what I know:
No scorn can silence music—
The notes will swell and grow.

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Music”

Uncaging

Old Mariachis
 

Painting at Fábrica La Aurora San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


old mariachis
their faces creased with music
uncaging the night

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shattered

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In the foreground, a dead saguaro cactus; in the background, a palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Even shattered things
still cradle wondrous music
deep within their bones.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Notes

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


soulful music—
even the beached dory
hits the right notes

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Coaxing

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Wildflowers at daybreak, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


coaxing new music
from the tiniest blossoms—
an old shaman’s tongue

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Courage

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Guitar player, Village Jazz Series, Yuma, Arizona
 


after his cancer
the courage to make music
better than before

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

Nap

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A deep depression near The Citadel, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


last days of summer
settling in an earthen bowl
for an ursine nap—
about the dreams to follow
not even stars know the time

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Concert

Santa's helpers
Waiting for the Spreckels Organ concert to begin, December 2012 in Balboa Park, San Diego, California
 


holiday concert—
the canines’ approbation
yipping jingle bells

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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