Category Archives: Long Beach

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

Long Beach Aquarium
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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Seabirds

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Waterfront, Long Beach, California
 


Flying or at rest,
seabirds hope for one more taste
of tender fish-flesh.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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The Baby She Bore

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The baby she bore
was the fruit of God’s promise,
not a fairy tale.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: The Secret Garden at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 
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Ravening

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Lady, you are here—
still my ravening hunger
with one vibrant word.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: The Secret Garden at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 
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Vibrant

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Rare but vibrant pool,
could you become a river
rising to the stars?

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: A garden pool at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 
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