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It is much too cold today

A worker wields a hammer in this detail from a mural, Prescott Public Library, Prescott, Arizona


It is much too cold today
to picnic with the ancestors.
Even the finches agree,
and they chase us away
from our customary spot
among the headstones.
We decide to visit
the little museum
by the bus station,
where two paintings,
side by side,
hang on one wall.
The first
depicts a carpenter
pounding nails
into a baby’s coffin,
while his scrawny apprentice
daubs paint on it.
In the second, a more
hopeful scene,
a brittle old man
smiles for the camera.
After all,
what does he have to lose?


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Advertisement for decorative fingernails painted on a car door, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

six nails in a row—
rainbow-colored keratin
beckoning to me

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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