Category Archives: Basho

Treat

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Watermelon treat, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


sharing one more treat
with the temple groundskeeper
before I move on

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
 
More Carpe Diem: “On the Trail with Basho, Encore #14”

Battered

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Battered blue bucket at the ruins, El Charco del Ingenio conservation area, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Battered blue bucket—
how long until a tinker
comes to plug the holes?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Battered things abound in this world.

 
More Blue Monday
 
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More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘How Long'”

Herons

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Herons at El Charco del Ingenio conservation area, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


how long the white necks
of herons fishing at dawn
at the river’s edge

 
 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Wednesday Waters
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘How Long'”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Skirling

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Fallen leaf, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 


I have attempted to “revise” this charming haiku by Basho:

 

Won’t you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree.

 
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in a single leaf
little airs of loneliness
skirling in the light

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

Bridging

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A footbridge, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


bridging the morning
with broken bits of moonbeam
splinters of the sun

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Wednesday Waters #16
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Bridge of Morning'”

Planting

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Afternoon shadows lengthen in the potter’s field, Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Arizona
 


in the potter’s field
far from any beach or strand—
a widow’s keening
after they plow a furrow
and plant her husband as seed

 
Tanka © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Plowing a Field'”

Thunder

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Butterfly gathering nectar at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California

 


the shadows lengthen
a butterfly lifts its wings—
afternoon thunder

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Butterflies'”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Conversation

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Cottonwood leaf in autumn, Apache County, Arizona
 


the cottonwood leaves—
their conversation turning
toward the midnight frost

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Autumn Night'”

Stillness

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A shady garden path at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California
 


such stillness
between the shadows
and the light
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The weary seek a resting place.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Six-Word Saturday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “On the Trail with Basho: Encore 4”

Washing

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Koi pond, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


Before moving on,
I wash my feet in the pond—
koi between my toes.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Wednesday Waters #10
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Washing My Feet'”