A painting by Velma adds a decorative touch to an Airbnb in Yuma, Arizona.
A whimsical painting adorns a wall in the children’s section of the Prescott, Arizona Public Library.
A sunflower flaunts its brightness in this detail from a painting in an art store, Angels Camp, California.
Pour out libations of coffee
on the mountain.
Hand the longer straw
to the loser.
Soften tall buildings
with mystical solvent
until they topple.
Put a painting in each hand,
then toss them into the dumpster.
Do you still believe in miracles
after hearing these dark sayings?
How can your heart not be sad?
Even the blackbird is numb.
Detail from a painting in a Yuma County, Arizona church
Nine-year-old John painted bees on a table in the shade at Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
A bee that is blue
Is a sight to behold.
It’s brighter, I think,
Than a bee that is gold,
Or even a bee
That is purple or red—
Just, please, keep the bees
Far away from my bed!
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Animals”
An artist’s rendering of a street scene after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The painting hangs in a church in Southern Arizona.
playing in the street
even after the earth shifts—
a boy in blue shoes