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Not on Any Map


not on any map
the road across the desert
stretches on for years
 
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they travel by car
their destination unknown
fleeing disaster
 
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a set of footprints
swept away by whipping wind
and the ocean’s surf
 
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near a wooden door
stands a wooden rocking horse
and a lonely child
 
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morning glory seeds
tucked into an envelope—
their hidden blossoms
 
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a tentative smile
after six weeks of sorrow
in the cancer ward
 
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hanging new curtains
to defy the brilliant light
of a summer’s day
 
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blackbird in the oak—
the greatness of his wingspan
as he starts to fly
 
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hapless refugee
her sense of wonder stolen
by a border guard

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #166
 
More Poetry Pantry #407 at Poets United
 

Blue Shirt


Every Sunday for forty years, my father
would choose the same blue shirt
to wear to church.
The cloth faded and grew thin
and some of the buttons
went missing.
(You’d think he had no money.)
Almost as an afterthought
he’d put on a tattered tie, then walk
two blocks to the Methodist Church.
Easing his bony frame down
onto the unpadded wood pew,
he’d wink and say, “I’m sure the Lord doesn’t care
what I look like, but only that I’ve come—
and here I am.”
Now, six weeks after his funeral,
I hug his empty blue shirt
and long to hear him say once more,
“Here I am.”

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
NOTE: This poem is almost entirely the product of my imagination. Any resemblances to my own life are purely coincidental.
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #151
   
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Money”

Floods

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Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


floods of memories—
revisiting photographs
taken years ago

 
Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More SkyWatch Friday
  
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Flood”

Seven

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Discarded talc can, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


More than seven years of rust
As you lie there in the dust—
Talcum can, your former praise
Surely has seen better days!

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #305
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Seven”

Offerings

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Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


after all these years
still decorating her grave
with love offerings

 
 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday

Forgotten

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Wildflower, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


Is this the blossom
forgotten when I left home
forty years ago?

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Back to Basics”
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine

Solitude

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


for the wanderers
forty years of solitude
in the wilderness

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Solitude”

Ripening

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Trailing Milkweed (Sarcostemma hirtellum), Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


strewn along the branch
a thousand years of darkness
ripening to stars

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem Goes Back to Its Roots #5
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon