Category Archives: Long Beach

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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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Accent

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Old adobe ranch house, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


the ranch house garden—
only a few white blossoms
to accent the red
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A rain of blossoms brings joy.

 
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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Harborside Stroll

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Near Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
 


A harborside stroll
is anything but spooky
under bright blue sky.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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