Category Archives: Anza-Borrego Desert

Stain

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Winter afternoon—
the mournful song of a dove
stains the barren hills.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Voices

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


in the wilderness
a hundred thousand voices
cactus is but one

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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What

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Winter storm clouds gather near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


What word, little bird,
lures the thunderstorm closer
to the parched mountain?

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wonder

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Chuparosa
(Beloperone californica) in bloom, February 2018, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Kneeling in wonder
before the sacred mountain
I remove my shoes.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Empty

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An empty campsite, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Little cactus wren,
the table that looks empty
still holds ants for you.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Sign

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A sign beside the road in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Bright day, long road, short shadows…

 
Photo and text © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Settled

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Day’s end, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Little cactus wren,
have you settled for the night
in this lonely place?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Tattered Garment

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Immigrants crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico often abandon clothing in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


Someone left a garment,
Left in the sand,
As she fled to safety
In a foreign land.
 
The garment’s torn and tattered,
And faded by the sun,
Yet bears the haunting beauty
Of someone on the run.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

From the ashes

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Ocotillo blossoms during the spring 2017 “super bloom,” Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Although these blooms are lovely,
They will not come again;
Blasted by the desert heat,
They vanished with the wind.
 
Yet I believe the promise
That beauty will arise
From the ashes of these blooms
To grace the desert skies.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Take a word or two

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Beavertail cactus blossom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 
 

Take a word or two—
mingle, calendar, or burning will do.
Splash them on a page,
or hang them with rope
from a branch
like lumps of suet
to feed the hungry jays.
All words woven by your hands
become poems, my daughter,
and yours will be the first weaving
to awaken daffodils
from their winter sleep.
Even the jays
will be amazed.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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