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Dark Sayings

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.


Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Detail from a painting in a Yuma County, Arizona church

The song of a dove
settles onto the cushion
of an empty chair.

Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Blue Monday: Bees

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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”


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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


Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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More Haiku Horizons: “Shift”


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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

an autumn morning—
the colors of earth and sky
painting the desert

Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Autumn’s Colors”