Category Archives: Southern California

Desert Abundance

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.


In a desert place
a twisted, broken willow
murmurs to the stars.
 
~~~ ~~~ ~~~

 


The desert’s abundance may not be in fruit,
But rather in clouds or in owls that can hoot,
 
Or maybe in rattlers that slither and slide,
Or in the great thermals on which the hawks glide.
 
The stones are abundant, and so is the sand
Wherever you look in a dry, barren land.
 
It’s not as though nothing filled up the spaces
In the world’s wild and desolate places!

 
Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Crow

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 


Autumn afternoon—
on the mountain’s shadow side
a mocking crow hides.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Mist

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 


Mist on the mountain—
a blackbird seeking its nest
starts to go astray.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Macro Monday 2: Trail Sign

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Riding and hiking trail sign, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 



 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Short Shadows

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Midday shadows are short under an ocotillo, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 
Photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
 
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Reverence

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Hearing a blackbird
call from the distant mountain,
I fall to my knees.

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Flower Stalk

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A shadow forms under the dead flower stalk of an agave plant, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.
 
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Journey

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a three-day journey
with my crooked walking stick—
the distant mountains

 
Haiku and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Where

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Pacific Ocean yards away from the U.S.-Mexico Border, Border Field State Park, Southern California
 


Where are the children?
Why does the sea seem to weep
this summer morning?

 
Haiku © 2018 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Imagine

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A pathway in suburban Riverside County, California.
 


A path of mere human invention
May somehow defy all convention.
Imagine the creechas,
Mice, spydas, and leeches,
That follow the path with intention!

 
Limerick and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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