Category Archives: California

Blue Monday: Elephant

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The base of a sundial at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


Whose back does the earth ride upon?
An elephant, raven, or swan?
Perhaps it’s a gannet
That holds up the planet
That all of us humans live on!

 
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

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Haiku My Heart: Blaze

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A car’s side mirror reflects autumn colors, Inyo National Forest near Bishop, California
 


forward or backward
a blaze lights up the mountain—
autumn afternoon

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hue

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Inyo National Forest near Bishop, California
 


The mountain’s silence
ripens to a golden hue—
autumn afternoon.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Stream

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A stream in the mountains of Inyo National Forest near Bishop, California
 


Near a mountain stream
the shadows on some boulders
become black as crows.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Path

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Inyo National Forest near Bishop, California
 


autumn afternoon—
taking the shadowy path
but no companion

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 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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Blue Monday: Shoe

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Lost shoe, somewhere in California
 


A runner slipped out of her shoe—
A pity, because it is blue.
Her foot is now bare,
She’s nothing to wear
Until she buys footwear anew.

 
Photo and limerick © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Freedom

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Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California
 


“Freedom isn’t free,” they said,
“You have to pay a price.”
Then they sent us off to war,
Fighting nits and lice,
Fighting other people too,
Who bleed like you and me.
“Did I have to die,” I ask,
“Just so you’d be free?”

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Independence”

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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