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Making Memories

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Photo illustration for a Guadalajara Reporter story in 2016, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México


Someone made some memories,
Made them long ago,
Using a film camera,
And this is what I know:
 
The women in the photo
Do not smile or blink.
Their bland looks betray nothing—
One wonders what they think.
 
Each woman holds a doggie,
The doggies are quite still.
Were the little beasties drugged
And held against their will?
 
And what about the ribbons
The women do not wear?
Are they content with hair spray
To batten down their hair?
 
A hundred questions pop up
About this photograph;
Some of them are sobering,
And some just make me laugh.

 
Photo © 2016 and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Photograph

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
  


In the photograph
one dark tree tries to withstand
a winter sunrise.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Captured

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Indian Paintbrush, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


springtime long ago
captured in a photograph
now the flower fades

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Seven Photographs

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In the photograph
we are planting apple trees—
ten years till harvest.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
She writes poetry
on the photograph’s edges—
concupiscent rhymes.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the photograph
your bed is on fire, but you
nap contentedly.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
I carry with me
my grandmother’s photograph—
content with her scowl.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
I don’t remember
why I took the photograph—
perhaps the wind knows.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
She feels stained by grace
when she sees the photograph
of the holy wood.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the photograph
graffiti stains a brick wall,
while old men play chess.
 

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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