Category Archives: California

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”

Thunder

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

 


the shadows lengthen
a butterfly lifts its wings—
afternoon thunder

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Butterflies'”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Far

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


How far we have come
from the land of stones and thorns—
how far yet to go!

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Thorn”
 
More Carpe Diem: “Adjei Agyei Baah’s ‘Stones'”

Bouquet

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A tile mosaic in the courtyard at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


in a crimson vase
a bouquet of wildflowers
still holding their leaves

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Leaves”

Stillness

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A shady garden path at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


such stillness
between the shadows
and the light
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The weary seek a resting place.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “On the Trail with Basho: Encore 4″

Perhaps

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Broken skeleton of a cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Perhaps the next rain
will restore all broken things
one drop at a time.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Rain”

Wayward

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Arizona lupine (Lupinus arizonicus) Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


savoring their names—
wisteria’s waywardness
lupines in the wash

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “A Carpet of Purple”

Summer

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One of the gardens at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


rancho garden stew—
summer’s earthy fragrances
simmer in the pot

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Arrival of Summer”

Addled

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Forgotten garden gloves, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


addled gardener
dropping her gloves in the path
as the wild goose calls
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
gloves—no hands to fill them

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘To Hear the Wild Goose'”

Moonrise

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


looking for moonrise
while the sun’s still bearing down—
her old affliction

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Moonrise'”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

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