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Bring Me a Poem

Bring me a poem from somewhere, bring me a poem well done.
I hope it’s about the woman, folding her shirt in the sun.
Let her be standing and watching the fox with the crooked grin,
While saying, “Nothing’s the matter that cannot be cured by sin.”
She hands her shirt to the vixen, still grinning there in the sun,
Wondering why she bothers to do work that is never done.
This is a poem from somewhere, perhaps from the watercourse,
A poem no person can sing right, only the spotted horse.

Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #229

Blue Monday: Cactus Woman

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


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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”


Georgian doors, Sandycove
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


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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”


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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”


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”


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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 ~~
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”


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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


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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”