Category Archives: California

Tolling

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 


long before sunset
even the wren stops singing
to heed the bell’s toll
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
tolling a bell for all seasons

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Enticing

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Agave blossoms, May 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


agave blossoms—
how enticing to the bee
sniffing for nectar

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Counting

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Melon blossom, Southern California
 


the melon farmer
counting blossoms one by one
in this year of drought

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Accent

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Old adobe ranch house, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


the ranch house garden—
only a few white blossoms
to accent the red
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A rain of blossoms brings joy.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Branches

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A Southern California oak grove
 


A wandering crow
settles among oak branches—
three caws to the wind.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Desolation

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


in desert places
no moss in which to bury
even a shadow

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Light

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April twilight, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


one thin spider’s thread
stitching both light and shadows
to the desert’s bones
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Light leaks into the barren land.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Harmony

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


long and wearisome
the way to burning mountain
stones in one accord

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Life

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Iron wheel on farm equipment, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


a moment
of divinity
in one’s self
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Life keeps rolling on and on.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Butterfly

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Butterfly gathering nectar at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.”
 
I too hear singing, but instead of coming from throats of carpenters, masons or boatmen, it comes from sky and star and stone. It comes from weeds and wind and wild things. It comes from crow and cricket and cottonwood. It is the singing of the Desert Southwest, and like the Siren songs that seduced Odysseus and his companions, I cannot ignore it.
 
I hear it as I help a student proofread her essay. I hear it while I confer with a parent about his son’s behavior. I hear it while I am grading papers.
 
At day’s end, I slip into comfortable clothing and walk into the nearby wilderness. The stones and weeds and dust greet me with rejoicing. They knew I would come.

 


the shadows lengthen
a butterfly lifts its wings—
my house is too small

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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