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A girl is marching


A girl is marching
through secret gardens,
pounding a drum
with silver sticks
stolen from carnivals.
Her imaginary parrot
is rattling its beak—
no talking is allowed
on the gardens’ paths.
The girl and her parrot
find it comforting
to make sounds together,
and lemon trees
lining the pathways
seem to blossom more freely
as they lean toward
the silvery beat of the drum.

 

Poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Birdhouse

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A birdhouse hangs from a tree at Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona.
 


a secret doorway
for entering the birdhouse—
cat gives up the search

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

Secret

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Yucca transitioning from blossom to seedpod, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


plump seedpod
cradling next summer
in secret
gossip bees whisper
in the blossom fields

 
Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Timeless Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
 
feeble old woman
attempting to bathe herself—
soap slips from her hand
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
finding a table
where we can sip tea and think
about the next steps
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
in his little shop
the sharpener of razors
stropping the last one
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
outside her window
the tinkling of bronze wind chimes
as darkness descends
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
bowls on the table—
in the azure one a storm
brewing in the broth
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a wicker hamper
filled with sweet and sour dumplings—
lovers’ picnic feast
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
humming to himself
as he reaches for the hose—
thirsty gardener
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
longing to partake
of sweet and juicy gossip—
the famine women
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
a bowl of olives
alarming the residents
of the nursing home
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
A bag of poems—
the apple seller hides it
behind the last bin.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
I share this secret
with you and with the north wind—
autumn is coming.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
An almond wafer—
if it could speak my language,
I would not eat it.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #256
 
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Key

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Tile key inlaid in concrete, Roxaboxen Park, Yuma, Arizona
 


a magical key
unlocking secret gardens
where white roses bloom

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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A Transcendental Whirl

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Each vignette begins with a phrase culled from “Threnody” by the 19th-century Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
nest of bending reeds
near the shore a secret place—
great blue herons hide
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
grass and scented weeds
cradling the children’s laughter
autumn afternoons
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
blade of autumn grain
stranger to distressing drought
welcoming the scythe
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
the wintry garden
holding carrots prisoner
till spring thaws should come
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
every pulsing sound
every thing that does not shine
pointing out the way
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
The stream runs on, but
one diamond is left behind—
rearguard for the light.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
in books of solace
seeking her long-lost childhood
rhyme by tinkling rhyme
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
see my empty house
the shutters’ crazy angles
all the doors ajar
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
star by star his world
resolving into shadow
as each star blinks out
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
to make this wisdom
demands a seer acquainted
with the ways of stones
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
They cannot bind him,
though their bands be made of steel,
forged by elven hands.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
spirit strikes the hour
martyr chained by faith and doubt
crackles in the flames

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Cradling

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Yucca transitioning from blossom to seedpod, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


plump seedpod
cradling next summer
in secret

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Desires

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus fremontii), wasted and forlorn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

With light in your eyes
You embrace me in your arms
Our hearts beat as one*


even the wasteland shadows
murmur their secret desires

*Opening gambit by The Imaginator
 
Final two lines and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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