Category Archives: Baja California Norte

Sanctuary

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A seaside sanctuary, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 
 

I will build a sanctuary,
using nothing but a piece of string
a beam, and a post.
It may seem inadequate,
or a mean affair,
but it will not shake
during times of earthquake,
nor will it leave me poor,
for in it my soul will be reborn
as old, familiar prayers trigger
freshets of new meaning
into my everyday life.
It will carry me through
flood and fire, locust and hail,
or any other plague that comes.
This is what a sanctuary is for,
and this is why I pick this place
beside the sea.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  

Bliss

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A heart drawn in the sand by lovers, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 
 

I hate broccoli—
loathe the stuff.
But it is bliss
to kick off my sandals
and draw on the beach
with my toes.
It is rapture
to wear a different wig each day
and keep people guessing:
“Who is that woman?”
And when I purse my lips
to kiss you? O what delight!
I don’t even worry about the dents
I got in my car last night!

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
NOTE TO THE READER: Some elements of this poem are autobiographical, but I am NOT a hater of broccoli! The declaration of antipathy toward that particular vegetable just happened to work with this poem.
 
   
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Playing her part

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Sunset, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


She quiets her mind and opens her arms,
Embracing the ocean and stars;
Even the planets draw near as she breathes
And blesses both Venus and Mars.
 
Yoga sustains her day in and day out,
A peace settles over her soul;
She’s playing her part, although it is small,
Her part in the glorious whole.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Gifts

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


gifts from the ocean
strewn along a sandy beach
free for the taking

 
Haiku © 2017 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sand

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Puerto Nuevo, a fishing village south of Tijuana in Baja California Norte, México
 


Little grains of beach sand
Scattered on the street;
Little grains of beach sand—
Watch your tender feet!
 
There among the cobbles
Lie the prickly grains,
Guaranteed to give you
Aches and bitter pains!

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mirror

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Reflected street scene, Los Algodones, Baja California Norte, México
 


A window is a mirror
Reflecting what I see;
Perhaps a car or shadow
Appears just right to me.
 
Or maybe I am hoping
That what I see is true;
Is the sky, for instance, pink,
Or is it really blue?

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Summoned

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Bits and pieces on a beach, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


riches from the sea
summoned by a shaman’s tongue—
words of salt and fire

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Welcoming

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, México
 


with arms open wide
she welcomes the evening waves
as they roll to shore

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Refugee

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Fishing boat, Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, Mexico
 


refugee mother
huddling beneath the blue boat
nurses her baby

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Beach

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Puerto Nuevo, Baja California Norte, Mexico


Yosa Buson’s haiku about a broom and a beach inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

The short night—
a broom thrown away
on the beach.

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


a tree for her broom
old woman sweeping the beach
just before nightfall

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 

Imagine a broom tidying the beach.

 
Haiku in bold © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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