Category Archives: Three Word Wednesday

Over the Coffin

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Over the coffin
three wizened hags burn incense—
long dead is their queen.
 
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over the coffin
a pall the hue of sunset—
army widow keens
 
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over the coffin
no moral judgments uttered
by the grieving band

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Over the Coffin”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Burn, Hue, Moral”

Discussing Divorce

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discussing divorce—
the breakfast air is acrid
with accusations
 
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discussing divorce—
not one dramatic breakthrough
in their harsh impasse
 
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discussing divorce—
a couple in quarantine
trading bitter words

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Discussing Divorce”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Acrid, Dramatic, Quarantine”

Burning Everything

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burning everything—
how adept the old rhymester
at torching poems
 
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burning everything—
even edible fragments
snatched from the starving
 
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burning everything—
even the viscous liquid
seeping from her lips

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Burning Everything”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Adept, Edible, Viscous”

Flowers

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roses in a bowl
to animate her spirit
this month of mourning
 
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A bowl of flowers—
impassioned by the fragrance,
she slips off her dress.
 
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Flowers in a bowl—
the crone would sore pervert them
with her darkling arts.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “A Bowl of Flowers”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Animate, Impassioned, Pervert”

At the Nursing Home

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at the nursing home
horrible medications
dulling sight and sound
 
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at the nursing home
listless great-great-grandmother
staring at the wall
 
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At the nursing home
the moody night shift nurses
wait for the next death.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku Horizons: “Home”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Horrible, Listless, Moody”

Within the Temple

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within the temple
welcoming the feast of light—
three gaunt souls at dawn
 
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within the temple
bones of old saints decompose
crumbling to dust
 
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Within the temple
vile things gather to gibber
at the Holy One.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Gaunt, Decompose, Vile”

Difficulties

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It is difficult
to elude a cunning word
or a tsunami.
 
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It is difficult,
when language degenerates,
to un-salt Lot’s wife.
 
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Is it difficult,
emaciated pilgrim,
to keep on praying?

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “It Is Difficult”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Cunning, Degenerate, Emaciated”

Apples

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authentic outbursts—
sometimes babbling to apples
or cooing to plums
 
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Enlist the dull knife
to hack the runes from apples
on your vision quest.
 
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apple phobia—
nine druids drinking at dusk
poteen stains their breath

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Authentic, Enlist, Phobia”

Images

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third year on the road—
even the devout weary
of the wayside shrines
 
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names of sacred plums
ripen on indulgent tongues—
such wilding sweetness
 
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Kerouac’s hometown
west of here 400 miles—
smug pilgrims press on

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Devout, Indulgent, Smug”

Thorns

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Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


marking holy sites
cloud by cloud and thorn by thorn—
pilgrim on the way
 
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crumbling stones and thorns—
decrepit holy places
luring pilgrim on
 
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longing for darkness
to hide the thorns and dangers
pilgrim scans the skies
 
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no credible sign
that night will disarm the thorns—
pilgrim pushes on
 
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third year on the road
weary of thorns and dangers
pensive pilgrim spits

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
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More Three Word Wednesday: “Credible, Decrepit, Pensive”

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