Category Archives: Southern California

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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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”

Concert

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Waiting for the Spreckels Organ concert to begin, December 2012 in Balboa Park, San Diego, California
 


holiday concert—
the canines’ approbation
yipping jingle bells

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Outdoor Concerts”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Desert

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


A desert wasteland—
who can number the dead things
littering the soil?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the barren lands
hungry and thirsty creatures
vie for sustenance.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the wilderness
some things rattle and threaten,
others pierce and tear.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Desert”
 
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Glimpse

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 


one glimpse of summer—
just beyond the courtyard fence
the fading blossoms

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Summer Passing”

Spots

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Barrel cactus (Genus Ferocactus), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


spots of cactus shade
where the mouse and lizard hide
from the fiery sun

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Succulents”

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
 
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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”

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

Hint

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Agave blossoms, May 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a hint of shadow
on the skin of the mountain—
blossoms stun the air
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the living desert at blossom time

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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