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Sanctuary

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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
 
  

Pilgrimage

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~~ 1 ~~
 
shrines along the road
where six pilgrims fall at dusk
pleading for mercy
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
meandering roads—
it is not easy to guess
the hidden dangers
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
ferocious noon sun—
murderous midday assault
on weary pilgrims
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
ten years down the road—
list of lumpy double beds
still disturbs her sleep
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
inns along the road—
a certain type of pilgrim
will not spend the night
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
at the holy site
memories fuel prayers—
her warm devotion
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
a red cricket cage—
from behind the bamboo bars
desolate chirping

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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