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Intimations of Mortality

What you’ve stolen fades away,
Nothing made of gold can stay;
All your silver turns to brass,
All your diamonds into glass.
Look at your reflection fair
In the mirror hanging there;
Peer again, though, and you’ll see
You’re laced with mortality.
Cruel payment’s coming due;
You will have to pay it, too.
All the games you like to play?
Death will snatch them clean away!
Until then, however, know
That you’re free to come and go,
Doing what you like to do—
But on Judgment Day, you’re through!


Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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They Gave Me Words to Work With

They gave me words to work with,
I knew not what to do.
The words were fried and swirling,
Lips, chicken, certain, stew.
I looked at my reflection,
While writing couplets down;
I looked not like a poet,
But like some silly clown.
The more I wrote, I hungered
To write some lasting stuff;
Then I threw my pen away
And shouted, “That’s enough!”
This lull in fevered writing
Will give me time to think
Of how to spread my table—
Forget the pen and ink!
I’m grateful that my table
Holds something that tastes sweet,
For writing leaves me famished,
And now it’s time to eat!

Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Reflection of a December sunrise in the rear window of a recreational vehicle, Yuma County, Arizona

one note, then two more
coaxing light to come again—
Kokopelli’s flute

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Pool in woodlands near Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
by the shallow pond
reflection drawing northern fowl
a warm sun shimmers*

hiding the stars in their wings
ten thousand migrating geese

*Opening gambit by Joanne Moceri-Taveira of 4JOY
Final two lines and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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