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The middle child

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Section of a mural in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

 
 

The middle child,
feeling lost and upset,
goes for treatment
one day a week.
In the waiting room,
her older brother
chants nursery rhymes
and tells stories
in a vain attempt
to comfort her.
“Wait till you see the lunches
they serve at school next week,”
he says.
“Seven kinds of ice cream!”
But the disconsolate middle child
cares nothing for ice cream lunches.
All she wants is to rise up
out of her wheelchair
and walk.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Unpunctuated

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus fremontii), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


in tangled places
stories tumble line by line
unpunctuated
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


Within the shadows great surprises hide.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stones

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Prehistoric animal chipped in stone, Painted Rock Petroglyph Site near Gila Bend, Arizona
 


stones telling stories
in tongues heard eons ago—
stars still know the plot

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Stories

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona, April 2015
 


gathering wisdom
in the shadow of the thorn—
stories no one tells

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Beguiling

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A creosote bush, left, and a palo verde tree seem to be conversing, while clouds and mountains listen, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Both bushes and trees
beguile the clouds with stories,
waiting for moonrise.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Listen

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One of many ancient ruins at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


Old ruins tell new stories. Listen!

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Thorny

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha) seed pods at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


It is difficult
on the dark and thorny way—
stories no one tells.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Drenched

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A ship under full sail, painted on a restaurant door, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


Sometimes letters come,
drenched in salt spray from the sea—
the same old stories.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Difficult

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Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


It is difficult
on the dark and thorny way—
stories no one tells.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Three Sparks

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Dying spark of hope—
melancholy settles in,
nibbling at my soul.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
So many stories
begin with a spark of grief—
Tolstoy understands.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
I dream of the one
whose basket is filled with sparks
gathered from the hearth.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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