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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.

 
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Sign

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A sign beside the road in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


Bright day, long road, short shadows…

 
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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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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
 
 
 

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.

  
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Broken

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


In broken shadows, many secrets lie.

 
 
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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.

  
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No One

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Some of the first blossoms of 2017: sand verbena in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
  


No one’s looking back with longing
For the chilly winter day,
When no flowers graced the hillsides,
And the sky was only grey.
  
No one thinks with fond remembrance
Of the barren hills and slopes
Now that spring has come with blossoms
To renew our dreams and hopes.

  
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Guide

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Mid-December rainbow, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


last autumn rainbow
guiding my stumbling steps home—
wind shifts to the east

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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