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Morning Poem

I sing praise for morning light,
Shining full and shining bright!
Praise for birdsong in the air,
Joy-notes winging everywhere!
Praise for leaf and twig and stone!
Praise for skin and blood and bone!
Praise for coffee, praise for tea!
Praise for ocean, river, sea!
Praise for rain and praise for drought!
Praise for certainty and doubt!
Praise for things both great and small!
And the One who made them all
Is the One whom I will praise:
Morning, evening, all my days!

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Let Us Praise

Let us praise the raven and the rain.
Let us praise the singer and the song.
Let us praise the Cloud Spirit,
leading us to other roads
when our path is hedged and blocked
by creatures sinister and sleek.
Let us praise the river stones
whose dignity remains intact,
despite the ravages of floods and drought.
Let us praise all things great and small,
for the hundred-thousand ways
our days are measured out.


Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Discarded talc can, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

More than seven years of rust
As you lie there in the dust—
Talcum can, your former praise
Surely has seen better days!

Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Travel Tales

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.

~~ 1 ~~
day for gathering
praise in a sturdy backpack—
travel sustenance
~~ 2 ~~
above the doorbell
only a hint of darkness—
first day of summer
~~ 3 ~~
into his pocket
shoving the works of darkness
written on a scrap
~~ 4 ~~
a French pastry shop
on a cobbled city street—
the lure of éclairs
~~ 5 ~~
sesame cookies—
hungry children devour them
Sunday afternoons
~~ 6 ~~
a basket of bread—
giving thanks for seven loaves
baked fresh this morning
~~ 7 ~~
the map in the car
showing a tortuous way
through the wilderness
~~ 8 ~~
going the wrong way
not discerning north from south—
careless traveller
~~ 9 ~~
communion wafers—
seeking counsel on the way
from tasteless morsels
~~ 10 ~~
olives everywhere
but no wine for the thirsty—
traveller’s nightmare
~~ 11 ~~
Massive olive trees—
my enemy chops them down
with his keen-edged axe.
~~ 12 ~~
a full moon ago
traveller fainted at dusk—
on the road again

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Pains and Pleasures

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a line taken from The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle.

~~ 1 ~~
shaded by mangos
two old men going for broke
telling more tall tales
~~ 2 ~~
fragrant white flowers—
a glint of midday sunlight
sharpening their scent
~~ 3 ~~
hands of the women
lifted in ecstatic praise
to the rising sun
~~ 4 ~~
deep in the forest
where mossy old trees sway—
a whiff of danger
~~ 5 ~~
the ears of a horse
disappearing at sundown—
midwinter madness
~~ 6 ~~
a hat on a stick—
one look and ravenous crows
flee to the next field
~~ 7 ~~
on hidden beaches
the fierce and oppressive hush
of desolation
~~ 8 ~~
the darting of bats
bears witness to succulent
insects in the air
~~ 9 ~~
protected by words
that keep every woe at bay—
two praying women
~~ 10 ~~
chocolate and coffee—
our guilty Sunday pleasures
an hour before Mass

Poems © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Crickets chime your praise,
mower that no longer zings,
scissoring the grass.

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Desert Globe Mallow, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

magical torches
blazing a way for pilgrims—
canticles of praise

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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