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Blue Monday: Cactus Woman

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Detail from a wall of mosaics, Ajo, Arizona
  


Cactus Woman has nothing to lose
By walking for weeks without wearing shoes.
 
She’s toughened her feet on thorns and stones,
And carries the wilderness in her bones.
 
Her eyes are afire, her heart’s ablaze;
She loves the desert’s unsociable ways.
 
Cactus Woman is someone, they say,
Who’ll live in the wilderness, come what may.

  
Poem © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

Bold

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Detail from a mural in Artists Alley, Ajo, Arizona
 


A woman (or so I am told)
Decided to be very bold.
She walked through a door,
Kept walking some more—
And all of her dreams turned to gold!

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Be Bold for Change”

Tsunami

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Doors in Sandycove, County Dublin, Ireland
 


evening tsunami
surging behind the red door—
a woman, her man

 
Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 

Blurry

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A blurry photograph of someone’s fingertips
 


old woman’s vision—
not quite what it used to be
forty years ago

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Vision”

Blossoming

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Moonrise at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California


Yosa Buson’s haiku about pear blossoms and moonlight inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

White blossoms of the pear
and a woman in moonlight
reading a letter.

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


the moon blossoming
just enough for a woman
to write love letters

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Favorite Haiku by Buson”

Knitting

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Apache County, Northern Arizona
 

old woman knitting
three songs for the waxing moon—
one about fences

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Tonight’s Moon”

Stargazing

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~~ 1 ~~
 
Who can separate
the stargazers from their quest
for the perfect light?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
familiar story—
for love of all things starry
gazing in her eyes
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
gazing at heaven’s
architecture—the planets,
the comets, the stars
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
never forgotten—
the stars the elders gazed on
giving each a name
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
The old stargazer—
she holds her head in her hands
as the last star falls.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Who will remember
the stars we gaze at tonight?
Perhaps the ravens.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
Mayan stargazers—
the old traditions live on
at the pyramids.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
one woman
gazing hungrily
at the stars
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
unpredictable—
the customs of stargazers
on a windy night
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
gazing at the stars—
old man with tremulous hands
raising them in praise
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
gazing at the sky—
blotted out by city lights
every single star
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a separate star
upon which no one can gaze—
the diffident light

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #257
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #12
 
More Carpe Diem: “Stargazing”

Wailing

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One of many ancient ruins at Wupatki National Monument, Northern Arizona
 


beyond the ruins
meeting place of earth and sky
a woman wailing

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Horizon”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Photographer

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Photographer and subject near Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
 


The photographer
pleads with her subject to smile
before the moon wanes.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Photographing”