Blog Archives

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
 
  
More Sunday’s Whirligig #159
   
More Poetry Pantry #401 at Poets United

Blue Monday: Elephant

RanchoLosAlamitos036
The base of a sundial at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


Whose back does the earth ride upon?
An elephant, raven, or swan?
Perhaps it’s a gannet
That holds up the planet
That all of us humans live on!

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Raven

 photo PoudreRiver_zpsce02b3c7.jpg
Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
 

Even in autumn
raven follows the river
as far as the sea.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Willing

Stones
 
Stones in an arroyo, Apache County, Northern Arizona
 


raven, wind and stone
willing to teach the humble
wisdom’s hidden ways

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Midweek Motif: “Teacher”

Flame

 photo DSC_0082_zps70omt9qq.jpg
Decorated river stone left by a young visitor, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


flame of four colors
rising from the river stone—
raven squawks in awe

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too

Companion

 photo AnzaBodistantmtns_zpsceb8f20c.jpg
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a distant mountain
the resting place for raven
my sole companion

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Whetting

 photo Sonoranpalodawn_zps10cb7cb3.jpg
Palo Verde tree at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


wilderness morning—
old raven whetting her tongue
to cut the silence

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Cut”

Raven

Sunset Crater NM photo Sunsetforest_zps843d4271.jpg
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


Beyond the forest
a raven on the mountain
blinks, and boulders crack.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Managua Gunn’s ‘Forest'”

Desolation

Wupatki National Monument.stone outcrop photo Wupatkistoneoutcrop_zps4d4bd2ec.jpg
An outcropping of stone, Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


seeking one ripe plum
in lands of desolation
raven sniffs the wind

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Plum”

Bone

 photo backbone_zpsd97c8079.jpg
Sun-bleached backbones, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Flesh retreats from bone—
even the raven’s pleading
cannot change the odds.

 

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Retreat”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine