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It is much too cold today

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A worker wields a hammer in this detail from a mural, Prescott Public Library, Prescott, Arizona

 
 

It is much too cold today
to picnic with the ancestors.
Even the finches agree,
and they chase us away
from our customary spot
among the headstones.
We decide to visit
the little museum
by the bus station,
where two paintings,
balanced
carefully
side by side,
hang on one wall.
The first
depicts a carpenter
pounding nails
into a baby’s coffin,
while his scrawny apprentice
daubs paint on it.
In the second, a more
hopeful scene,
a brittle old man
smiles for the camera.
After all,
what does he have to lose?

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Drought

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At her open door
a pale and anxious farmer
scans the sky for rain.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
hungry grasshoppers
devoted to devouring
every leaf in sight
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
seven scrawny cows
stumbling to the riverbed
parched and mottled tongues

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Anxious, Devoted, Scrawny”