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Cottonwoods near the shore of Lake Skinner, Winchester, California

summer-blue morning—
the twisted ones listening
for scampering mice

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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More Carpe Diem: “Listening”

Posted on July 13, 2013, in California, Carpe Diem, haiku, Lake Skinner, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Southern California, Winchester and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Well framed shot too.

  2. I cannot hear the patter or soft crunching of the diminutive rodents on the forest floor. I think the trees can though!

  3. I love the tree! And what a great shadow shot for the day!!

  4. These trees do listen… they are the wise ones who know and who hear everything.
    Splendid reading!

  5. Nice image and writing match up!

  6. Look for A Lovely Thing

    Beautiful. This haiku starts big and with each line narrows its focus to the small. I like that technique.

  7. Old trees have, if they could talk, a lot to tell, because they listen to everything. Wonderful photo. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  8. Reminds me of the trees near the vortexes. Great photo and haiku. I’d want to hear the scamper of something more friendly though.

  9. The scampering of mice – great image and great sound. My cat listens for that sound and brings me a present when he hears it.

  10. The twisted ones…a lovely way to honor those old trees…. and anyone else who might be listening!!

  11. amid the gnarled trunks
    early rising rodents
    leaves dropping


  12. Tightly packed trees! Lovely feeling of closeness to the tall ones of nature!

  13. Scampering mice work in silence, that’s why! Nicely MMT


  14. Wow, I love this one. Wouldn’t have know what you meant without the photo, but I do believe trees listen.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Yes, one of the dangers of using a photo is that the visual of the photo is often inseparable from the image created by the words. **sigh**

      • Indeed. In this case probably worth it although it’s fun to come up with an image before seeing one. It’s why I very consciously have no images with my haiku.

  15. If no one was there to listen, would they still make a noise? Listening

  16. Lovely scenic shot

  17. I see in that tree a stretching figure. Funny how we always see more then what it is. I like it.

  18. The sound of silence is overwhelming.

  19. a gorgeous morning it is…

  20. What a wonderful story the trees can tell.. but how can we learn to listen?

  21. I didn’t know there was a lake out in Winchester. Not that I spent anytime there, but having lived in S. CA for about 20 years, you think I would know! Love that shot-what a great find.

  22. just awesome; this composition, in its completeness

    much love…

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