photo NearthePoudre_zps6e0a90c0.jpg
Woods near Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins, Colorado
ghosts of the ancients
cast their towering shadows
on the holy ground*

a crow in the cottonwood
rasping a ragged refrain

*Opening gambit by Patricia of High Five and Raspberries
Final two lines © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem Tan Renga: “Ghosts of the Ancients”

Posted on November 13, 2013, in Cache la Poudre River, Carpe Diem, Colorado, Fort Collins, tan renga and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Patricia’s is magnificent – “ghosts of the ancients”…..I love your crow in the cottonwood.

  2. Wonderful! I love that ragged refrain.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Even if you don’t love crows? (Well, some people don’t, you know.)

      • I really meant that I love the phrase ‘ragged refrain’! Though that said, I don’t really mind the crows I hear. But I have a friend who is rudely awakened by their ragged refrain. 🙂

        • magicalmysticalteacher

          Oh, I know some people who absolutely despise crows, even though they are very intelligent birds. I guess it’s the “ragged refrain” that gets them! 😉

  3. Quite a mysterious feel… 🙂

  4. suelovescherries

    Hello MMM! Bet you never thought you’d hear from me again! I’m back blogging again, just not as often now. Melody of Brown Gingham Creations ( is hosting Rednesdays now. There was another lady who tried doing it but it didn’t work out. Melody is consistent and has been doing a good job, so you might want to stop on by. See you around! Sue

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thrilled to know that Rednesday is back in operation! Thanks for letting me know. I’ve really missed being a part of that wonderful Wednesday gathering!

  5. Some alliteration for a change! And photos from a new place! Lovely!

  6. Alliteration…and assonance. Sounds lovely.

  7. Oh I so love that last line too. it works particularly well when read as Daffy Duck I found 😉

    legends, wrapped in history

  8. Love the feeling, a ragged refrain holding out. Nice write MMT


  9. the ‘r’ alliteration is just delightful

    much love…

  10. Very beautiful photo !I like the rhythm.

  11. Wonderful … I can really hear that crow caw.

  12. love your words chosen – rasping crows with their bold struts 🙂

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