Category Archives: O. Mabson Southard


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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside County, California

underneath a fence
the undulating grasses
crying out for rain

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Barrel cactus blossoms, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona

This morning’s rainbow
shares its red-tangerine edge
with cactus blossoms.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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wolves on the lake shore
snapping at the morning mist—
a frightened loon shrieks

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Southard’s ‘The Cry of a Loon'”

Six-Word Whirl

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Sometimes paradise
is defaced with rusty stains
that God can’t scrub out.
~~ ~~ ~~
in the garden pool
abundant summer magic
ten thousand tadpoles
~~ ~~ ~~
Sometimes paradise
is the heart of God breaking—
only three pieces.
~~ ~~ ~~
in the garden pool
little ripples of intrigue
the minnows flashing
~~ ~~ ~~
Sometimes paradise
is Christ clang-clanging a bell,
keeping us from sleep.
~~ ~~ ~~
In the garden pool
a bullfrog finds the answer
to the sizzling heat.

Text © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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