Category Archives: Northern California

Haiku My Heart: Blaze

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A car’s side mirror reflects autumn colors, Inyo National Forest near Bishop, California
 


forward or backward
a blaze lights up the mountain—
autumn afternoon

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Wildflower Maiden

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In “Walking,” Thoreau writes that his health depends on spending at least four hours a day “sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”
 
The saunterer goes wherever her feet take her, and near sundown mine take me to an open place I call the Meadow, where in late summer yellow wildflowers spread like butter among the thin grasses. Now, however, only bedraggled heads of spent sunflowers remain, glowing orange with the last lights of day.
 
I move toward the dry sunflowers, but seeing a spot of purple or pink at my feet, I kneel for a closer look. It is the first tiny spring wildflower, whose name I do not know. I snap off a dozen shots, just as the sun slips below the horizon. My sauntering has brought me to holy ground.
 

eager seductress
flaunting herself in pastels
Wildflower Maiden

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Northern Arizona
 
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Watery Wednesday: Pathways      Sensational Haiku Wednesday


 

watery pathways
wending through wild detritus—
tread gently, pilgrims

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Ebbetts Pass, Northern California
 
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Haiku Wednesday: Shoes Watery Wednesday


 

If old stones had shoes,
who could keep them from skipping
down the mountainside?

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Lake Alpine on Ebbetts Pass, Northern California
 
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Watery Wednesday: Ravenous


 

Ravenous waters
gnawing at earth’s ancient bones—
have they no mercy?

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Lake Alpine on Ebbetts Pass, Northern California
 
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Watery Wednesday: Brook


 

Seven elders come
to drink from the brook at dawn,
eyes and tongues aflame.

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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