Category Archives: Southern California

Empty

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An empty campsite, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Little cactus wren,
the table that looks empty
still holds ants for you.

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
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Settled

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Day’s end, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Little cactus wren,
have you settled for the night
in this lonely place?

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Oceans of sand

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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


Oceans and oceans of sand
As far as the eye can see!
Oceans and oceans of sand
From here to eternity!
 
Can you see the waves billow,
And can you hear the waves roar?
Oceans and oceans of sand,
Far from the watery shore!

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Tattered Garment

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Immigrants crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico often abandon clothing in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


Someone left a garment,
Left in the sand,
As she fled to safety
In a foreign land.
 
The garment’s torn and tattered,
And faded by the sun,
Yet bears the haunting beauty
Of someone on the run.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

Take a word or two

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Beavertail cactus blossom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 
 

Take a word or two—
mingle, calendar, or burning will do.
Splash them on a page,
or hang them with rope
from a branch
like lumps of suet
to feed the hungry jays.
All words woven by your hands
become poems, my daughter,
and yours will be the first weaving
to awaken daffodils
from their winter sleep.
Even the jays
will be amazed.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Bees

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Bee visiting a poppy in bloom at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 


From bees of either gender
I tend to run and hide.
I fear that they will harm me
The longer I’m outside.
 
Indoors, away from stingers,
I find a book or two
To while away the daylight,
Until the bees are through.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Song

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


They tell the story
of how, on distant mountains,
one dove left her song.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Flaunting

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Barrel cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California, March 2017
  


On the mountain path
a cactus flaunts its blossoms
for a day or two.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Broken

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


In broken shadows, many secrets lie.

 
 
Text and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Caw

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Barrel cactus made plump by winter rains in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


On the sharpest spine
of an old barrel cactus
a crow leaves its caw.

  
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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