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Seven Couplets to Ponder or Ignore

Wisdom comes from roots and stones,
Often from the sparrow’s bones.
Sending healing thoughts to you!
Hope you’re better, yes, I do!
Lines unfolding one by one—
All too soon my work is done.
In the realm of string and twine,
Will you be my valentine?
Lessons near the frigid coast
Are the ones I hate the most!
If your foremother should come,
Toot a horn and pound a drum!
Spirit wide and Spirit deep,
Do not make me, Spirit, weep.


Couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Whirligig #269
More Writers’ Pantry #23 at Poets and Storytellers United



A seaside sanctuary, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México

I will build a sanctuary,
using nothing but a piece of string
a beam, and a post.
It may seem inadequate,
or a mean affair,
but it will not shake
during times of earthquake,
nor will it leave me poor,
for in it my soul will be reborn
as old, familiar prayers trigger
freshets of new meaning
into my everyday life.
It will carry me through
flood and fire, locust and hail,
or any other plague that comes.
This is what a sanctuary is for,
and this is why I pick this place
beside the sea.


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Whirling in Baja California

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase taken from The Forgotten Peninsula: A Naturalist in Baja California by Joseph Wood Krutch

~~ 1 ~~
to adorn the tale
she attaches a red string
to one paragraph
~~ 2 ~~
romantic story
its sensual images
titillating her
~~ 3 ~~
forlorn and empty
except for a wayward wind—
house on the corner
~~ 4 ~~
another ghost town
where we begin to trample
spirits in the dust
~~ 5 ~~
an English sparrow
making excuses at dusk
for having no nest
~~ 6 ~~
the great sparkling sea
lurking below the surface
a deadly stingray
~~ 7 ~~
no longer flowing
where she hoped to plant orchards
the underground streams
~~ 8 ~~
an English sparrow
kneading the morning with song
until it rises
~~ 9 ~~
So many mountains—
which will she begin to climb
before the day ends?
~~ 10 ~~
a long history
of brandishing his war club
near his neighbor’s house
~~ 11 ~~
The hard way will come
if we drive or take the train—
the same old story.
~~ 12 ~~
the journey’s mishaps—
despite the pain that lingers
planning one more trip

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #242
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 202


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Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona

kite-flying weather
arriving out of the blue
to tighten my string

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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More Carpe Diem: “Kites”
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon