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Unprepared


On seeing the world about them go splash,
They put on their helmets, ready to dash
Into the glimmering, shimmering waves
That will soon carry them into their graves.
 
They haven’t a prayer, they haven’t a chance,
They run through the door, preparing to dance
With spiraling waves that will not forgive—
Deadly the moments the boys won’t outlive.
 
Could ever there be a much sadder song
Than that of a day when all things go wrong?
Maybe the wrong would turn right, if we cared,
But plague time is here, and we’re unprepared.

 

Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Prayer House

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Old adobe building, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside County, California.
 


little house of prayer
in the shadows of the oak—
come, O Spirit, come

 
 
Haiku and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher

Three Prayers for Autumn


God of the kitchen,
may nothing dreadful emerge
from my bubbling pot.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
God of corn and wheat,
may harvests be abundant
on my little farm.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
God of stone and star,
may I not forget the ways
that you sustain me.

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Amen

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Mourning dove, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


First spring funeral—
after the priest’s final prayer,
a dove coos amen.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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