In ten thousand streets
a few small lamps are burning,
punishing the night.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: View of the Cathedral, Zacatecas, México
More The Thursday Think Tank #58 with the theme “Nighttime” here
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Posted on July 23, 2011, in Haiku Heights, Haiku My Heart, Mexico, my digital photos, my haiku, Shadow Shot Sunday, Sky Watch Friday, Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, The Thursday Think Tank, Zacatecas. Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. I never thought about it in these terms, but you are so right.

  2. Beautiful shadow shot and the perfect words as always! Love your composition! Hope you have a great weekend!


  3. Lamps can be cruel… 🙂
    Happy Sunday!

  4. The idea of shadows at night seems incongruous – night means dark. Yet the few pedestrians do need a way to get about the city, so the light posts are now on – hence, neat nighttime shadows. Cool shadowy effects!

  5. i walked down a dusty path last week mmt…and there was no light but the stars…gotta admit…it was kinda scary. things that go bump in the night!!

  6. Hi MMT,

    Beautiful picture, but the lights do look a bit harsh, doen’t they, amidst all off the softness.
    (which seems like a weird thing to say since I am talking about buildings). I really like it though. I posted some zoo shadows today, if you want to check things out at my joint.

    Hope your week is wonderful,

    Kathy M.

  7. This is a wonderful picture.

  8. hmmm, never thought of it in this respect. beautiful words, magical night street.

  9. shame on those lights bursting a hole right through the lovely dark of the night 🙂 Great picture…wonderful words!

  10. great shot, dearest!


  11. That is just beautiful. I love the light and the shadows.

  12. lighting effect is very nice.

  13. I guess the artificial light does punish the nighttime sky. Neat concept.

    If you hadn’t told us this was Mexico, I would have thought you visited Istanbul or someplace equally exotic.

    Now I’ll go see your other entry, MMT.

  14. Smiled, on that last line, very clever.

  15. i love the intensity of this!

  16. Beautifully crafted and a joy to read, thanks!

  17. A crisp sense of drama in just a few words! Derlightful!

  18. great light in this photo
    looks almost as in the narrow alleys in Old Town, Stockholm

  19. Nice night photo.


  20. It looks interesting and great shot…Happy SSS! Mine is up.

  21. Very much a Victorian scene you’ve captured.


    Have a happy Sunday.

  22. Honestly, a really wonderful haiku with this great photo. Those lamps are so noisy! Your words ring true, they are indeed punishing the night. Great stuff friend!


  23. Beautiful photo and great words. 🙂

  24. this is one of the most beautiful shots you’ve posted
    the yellow glow and the deep blue are wonderful

  25. I like the light shining from the tower windows. Lovely!

  26. Had not thought of the night lights in this manner ~~~ hmm, off to ponder!! 🙂

  27. What a beautiful capture. I would love to have been with you when you were walking down that little street. The light yellow is beautiful. Well composed. Genie

  28. Oooo very cool ShadowSHot!! Have a good weekend.

  29. The street is so quiet and the lamp is the light light that gives light to the path

  30. Beautiful photo.

  31. Wow – I love that line “punishing the night” – beautiful picture as well!

  32. Image really brings it all together. nicely captured the essence

  33. Beautiful,a contrast between the old buildings that probably started out with no electricity and were once lit only by stars and the moon.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I hadn’t thought of that, but of course you’re right: lit only by stars and moon once upon a time. Lovely observation! Thank you!

  34. What a gorgeous shot! Great perspective! Love your haiku – great image of the light punishing the night!

  35. Stunning photograph with beautiful haiku. I’m visiting you from all sorts of blogs today. Wow! You do get around…

  36. this is beautiful very creative Haiku, I enjoyed this a lot!

  37. Wow, I love the blue sky combined with that dark alley!

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