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Hummingbird

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Mural, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
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


 
~~ 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
 
 
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Eager

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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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Stirring

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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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Crickets

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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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