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If You Are Not a Reader


If you wait until the end comes, friend—
the end of the world, I mean—
to pick up a book and read,
you will never find out
how love and lust,
though cousins, differ,
and why one is far superior to the other.
Luck may sometimes nudge you in the right direction,
toward love and not toward lust,
but how lucky can you be if you are not a reader?

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #165
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Lust”

The middle child

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Section of a mural in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

 
 

The middle child,
feeling lost and upset,
goes for treatment
one day a week.
In the waiting room,
her older brother
chants nursery rhymes
and tells stories
in a vain attempt
to comfort her.
“Wait till you see the lunches
they serve at school next week,”
he says.
“Seven kinds of ice cream!”
But the disconsolate middle child
cares nothing for ice cream lunches.
All she wants is to rise up
out of her wheelchair
and walk.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #117
   
More Poetry Pantry #359 at Poets United

The Sane Thing to Do

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Native American Virgin and Christ Child, Mission San Antonio de Pala, Pala, California

 

Wait!
This is not the season to rejoice.
Shame and scorn draw near to touch—
perhaps to torch—
the edges of your life.
There is no one to shield you
from unseemly words,
words tarnished by layers of grime,
words that will not mesh together now
or ever.
You steer an unsteady course;
seaweed tangles your rudder.
The sane thing to do?
Abandon this enterprise
of being an unwed mother!

 

Poem © 2016 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #89
   
More Poetry Pantry #332 at Poets United
 
More Twelve Days of Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Scent

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Nuns waiting for a bus, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, February 2014
 


waiting for a bus
the lonely scent of winter
mingles with their prayers

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too

Stroll

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November afternoon shadows, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 

leaving friends behind
to stroll alone through shadows
and wait for the moon

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Lunchtime

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Insect on a yucca plant, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
 


ravenous insect
lying in wait for its lunch—
the scent of ichor

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Issa’s ‘Skylight'”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine