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Mural, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

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the hummingbird feast—
taking a risk as they thrum
toward the feeding place
~~ 2 ~~
Hummingbirds at work—
one minute they have courage,
the next their hearts fail.
~~ 3 ~~
written on a wall—
letters to a hummingbird
and the chill north wind
~~ 4 ~~
a trip through traffic
to reach the secret place called
hummingbird heaven
~~ 5 ~~
If the hummingbirds
urge you to share in their feast,
what does it matter?
~~ 6 ~~
a liter of milk
brought to the hummingbird feast
and laced with sugar
~~ 7 ~~
Two hummingbirds watch
as I link my arm in yours—
they call us lovebirds.

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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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

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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

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El Charco del Ingenio conservation area, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

a trip through shadows—
eager this April morning
for the gifts of light

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Battered wagon wheel, Yuma Quartermaster Depot, Yuma, Arizona

a trip long ago
still stirring up memories—
winter’s bitter wind

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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~~ 1 ~~
Outside my window
I miss the morning crickets—
paradise is lost.
~~ 2 ~~
Long before daybreak
a cricket in the cotton
leaves her voice behind.
~~ 3 ~~
three motley crickets
hiding from ravenous birds
in a green bean row
~~ 4 ~~
a broken platter—
crickets jumping at the chance
for dabs of jelly
~~ 5 ~~
the long trip homeward—
hoping to hear one cricket
in her mother’s room
~~ 6 ~~
On a day this hot,
you’d think that crickets would bake
and centipedes broil.
~~ 7 ~~
Drunk cricket lovers
catch the train to celebrate
their team’s victory.

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