Category Archives: California

Wreath

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Strawberry cactus (Mammillaria dioica), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a wreath of blossoms
arrayed around the table
in sorrow’s old house

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Spent

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On the shore of Lake Skinner, Winchester, California
 


Even the spent weeds,
women with delicate feet,
rustle as you pass.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Threading

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


threading her way
through the cactus needles
hidden spider

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Strength

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve, Pala, California
 


barely enough strength
to stumble past the shadows
and into the light

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Capturing

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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


his phone camera
capturing the sands before
they shape-shift again

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Slipper

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Abandoned footwear, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


Cinderella slipped out of her slippers.

~~ ~~ ~~

sand dune mystery—
someone loses one slipper
but not the other

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Reading a Mystery”

Beyond

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Early September, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


beyond the mountains
maybe fifty miles or more
oak the crow calls home

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Harbor

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Harbor, Long Beach, California
 


shelter from the squalls
that arise on open seas—
honey on the tongue

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Everyone needs shelter from life’s storms.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Wednesday Waters
 
More Carpe Diem: “Rough Sea”

Skirling

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Fallen leaf, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 


I have attempted to “revise” this charming haiku by Basho:

 

Won’t you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree.

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 


in a single leaf
little airs of loneliness
skirling in the light

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “My Favorite Haiku by Basho”

Name

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Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


no sign of tears
to prove your name
weeping willow


perhaps the wind has dried them
or a hundred days of sun

 
*Opening gambit © by Adjei Agyei-Baah
 
Final two lines © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem Special #157: “Adjei Agyei-Baah’s Haiku”

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