Category Archives: Southern California

Wreath

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Strawberry cactus (Mammillaria dioica), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


a wreath of blossoms
arrayed around the table
in sorrow’s old house

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Spent

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On the shore of Lake Skinner, Winchester, California
 


Even the spent weeds,
women with delicate feet,
rustle as you pass.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Threading

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


threading her way
through the cactus needles
hidden spider

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Healing

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve, Pala, California
 


wounded tree
healing memories
in the sun

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Capturing

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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


his phone camera
capturing the sands before
they shape-shift again

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Slipper

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Abandoned footwear, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


Cinderella slipped out of her slippers.

~~ ~~ ~~

sand dune mystery—
someone loses one slipper
but not the other

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Landscape

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


A greasy residue in this hellish landscape ignites her anger.

 
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over the mountain
conspiracies of ravens
plotting their next moves

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Over”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Greasy, Hellish, Ignite”

Hints

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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California
 


over barren dunes
hints of a distant harvest
and the reapers’ songs

 
Haiku and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Our World Tuesday
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Over”
 
More Carpe Diem Special #173

Mountaintop

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in bloom, April 2015, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Mountaintop afire—
can no one quench the burning
of the holy flame?

 
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When mountains burn, panicked creatures flee.

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Wakakusa Yamayaki”

Blossoming

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Moonrise at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Southern California


Yosa Buson’s haiku about pear blossoms and moonlight inspires me to write a new haiku:

 

White blossoms of the pear
and a woman in moonlight
reading a letter.

 
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the moon blossoming
just enough for a woman
to write love letters

 
Haiku in bold and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Favorite Haiku by Buson”

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