Category Archives: California

Ash

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Fading ocotillo blossoms, April 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


On a lizard’s tongue
the fading scarlet blossoms
turn to dust and ash.

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Poem

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


the distant mountains—
in my left hand a poem
to read on the way

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mountains

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


the distant mountains—
perhaps an early spring rain
will settle the dust

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Distant

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


the distant mountains—
even with a walking stick
a three-days’ journey

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Prickly

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Hedgehog cactus in bloom, foreground, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Even the desert shadows are prickly.

 
Text and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Thorns

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Fallen ocotillo blossoms lodged in cholla cactus spines, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


some thorns, a blossom—
surely one small bird will come
with a morning song

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Spines

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Hedgehog cactus in bloom, foreground, March 2016, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


ninety kinds of spines
barring the mountain pathway—
seven miles to go

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Froggy

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Ceramic frog on a blue mat, Southern California
 


Froggy on a mat of blue,
May I hop along with you,
Seeking tasty flies and such?
I would like that very much!

 
Poem and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Witness

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Ripe fruit on a backyard orange tree, Southern California
 


a silent witness
to the earth’s fertility—
one unblemished fruit

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Yearnings

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Weathered window on an old adobe house, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside County, California
 


In the reading room
she finds a tiny tendril
curling round one word
and tries to keep the volume
of her growing sorrow low.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the more I fill it,
the more I have of nothing—
my empty basket—
not even a phrase or two
makes up for what is missing
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
jagged rice stubble—
no place for their lovemaking
in the harvest field
though still their yearning is strong
as sun beating down on stone

 
Tanka and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 239: “Free, Volume, Sun, Yearning, Still, Phrase, Two”

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