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The cup

The sprinklers go round
and round and round.
You smell the water
as it streams over the lawn
over the flowers,
over your afternoon languor,
over you.
How damp you are!
How tangled your hair!
You undress yourself,
and find that you are thirsty.
Someone fills a cup
sitting empty on the shelf.
Someone fills a cup
with salt and lemons,
setting your mind aflame
with poetry, not prose.
Someone fills a cup,
and you drink deep
and deeper.
Someone fills a cup,
and the cup


Poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Wasted wildflowers, northern Arizona

As I shuffle through the arroyo, I keep dropping to my knees. An onlooker might mistake me for a pilgrim making my way to Lourdes. But the healing I seek cannot be found at some distant holy shrine. It is here in the dust at my feet: cedar twigs snapped off by storms; summer’s leftover flowers; small stones trying in vain to fatten themselves on wisps of winter sun.
I aim my camera at a clump of wasted wildflowers, remembering words from a letter written long ago: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…” (1 Corinthians 1:28, RSV).
Low and despised is winter’s detritus in the arroyo, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.


Kneeling in the dust,
I search for underground streams—
three crows bear witness.

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in bloom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

a single blossom
renewing the streams of light
in sorrow’s old house

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona

following footsteps
erased by wilderness streams—
way of the Spirit

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Dusk, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

evanescent streams
flowing through the desert sky—
together we sip

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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