Category Archives: California

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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Fire

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in bloom, April 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


fire on the mountain—
perhaps a holy presence
making itself known
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
mountain fire
holy the presence
burning bright
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
among the flames
holiness
burning

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Brittle

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Agave seed head, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


pointing me away
from this melancholy place—
dry and brittle stalk

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Ocotillo

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Ocotillo, blossoming after winter rains, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


After winter rain,
even the ocotillos
seem to sing for joy.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Magnolia

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Magnolia in bloom, Southern California
 


after the cold spell
only a single blossom
on my magnolia

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Sticking

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Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


not even a scream
can dislodge desert shadows—
a fine sticking point

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Buds

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) blossom buds, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


in her latest dream
a cactus with no blossoms
only tiny buds
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
first the buds, then the blossoms

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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