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Blue Monday: Open by Chance

Sign outside a shop that sells an assortment of old things (often called antiques) in Ajo, Arizona

“Open by chance,” the blue signboard says,
Maybe at seven or nine.
Or maybe not till the sun goes down—
Whenever, that’ll be fine.
You never know what you’ll find at Ray’s—
It might be trash or treasure;
So come to Ray’s as much as you can,
Then some more for good measure.

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher



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Palo verde tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

looking for a sign
amid the tangled branches—
any one will do

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Shrine to La Virgen de Guadalupe (chicken wire to prevent birds from nesting), Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona

A little blue shrine
Is guarding the grave;
It stands as a sign
Of hope that all crave.

Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Macro sign, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona

Even a small sign
can guide a pilgrim’s footsteps
on the homeward way.

Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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First Whirl of February

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The first line of each breath-of-a-poem is taken from phrases found in A Year in the World by Frances Mayes.

~~ 1 ~~
their morning coffee—
spring, summer, fall, and winter
taking it with cream
~~ 2 ~~
on the balcony
sharing an afternoon drink
fragrant vin rosé
~~ 3 ~~
on an envelope
one thin line of poetry
trailing to the edge
~~ 4 ~~
clutching photographs
faded ones from long ago
in her tight right hand
~~ 5 ~~
a votive candle
casting a shadowy spell
in the holy place
~~ 6 ~~
through the spice bazaar
following an old woman
laden with saffron
~~ 7 ~~
open till midnight—
a sign taped to the window
restoring our hope
~~ 8 ~~
on a lamp table
two little stacks of spare change
enough for bus fare
~~ 9 ~~
from her only son
a letter written with flair—
loops and flourishes
~~ 10 ~~
a heap of rubble
where the freeway bridge once stood—
earthquake aftermath

© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Early morning at a retirement community golf course, Southern Arizona

kingfisher morning—
scanning the placid waters
for one piscine sign

Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Whirling On

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Each haiku begins with a Wordle word.

~~ 1 ~~
Maybe a raven
knows more about nasturtiums
than ever I will.
~~ 2 ~~
miles beyond this place
thirty or forty or more
a ruined garden
~~ 3 ~~
words lost long ago
under bison bones bleaching
on Kansas prairies
~~ 4 ~~
scorch marks on his shirt—
first signs of her defiance
of his tyranny
~~ 5 ~~
chime and tambourine
and incense in the temple—
bridges between worlds
~~ 6 ~~
trite conversation
over day-old glazed doughnuts
at the sad café
~~ 7 ~~
spell of cold weather—
taking out of the closet
her wool kimono
~~ 8 ~~
land covered with snow—
corn hidden from hungry geese
and foraging mice
~~ 9 ~~
spirit of the quilt
wrapping her in dreams of peace
though she sleeps alone
~~ 10 ~~
aim of the hunter
sighting a mandarin duck—
how his bow trembles
~~ 11 ~~
mind of the pilgrim
distracted by the bedbugs
in the wayside inn
~~ 12 ~~
sign of good fortune
the year’s first calligraphy
brushed in crimson ink

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Fortune Teller

Stepping down
Bougainvillea petals litter a sidewalk, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

a single sunbeam
scribbling runes on fallen leaves—
autumn graffiti

the half-blind fortune teller
sniffing for a sign of life

*Opening gambit by Mark M. Redfearn
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Old advertising sign for sale at an antique store, Sedona, Arizona

hued in blue and gold
morning glory pretender
climbing up the wall

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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