Category Archives: my tanka

Dawn

Waianae, Oahu
 

Which do I prefer?
To hold first light’s fragile thread
with an iron grip,
or slipping through my fingers,
set it free to stitch the clouds?

 
© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Papaoneone Beach, Makaha, Oahu, Hawaii
 
More Share the Joy Thursday ruminations here
 
More Three Word Wednesday: Grip, Prefer, Thread here
 
More Carry On Tuesday: “Slipping through my fingers” here
 
More Watery Wednesday photos here
 
More Skywatch Friday photos here
 
More Ruby Tuesday photos here
 
More REDnesday photos here
 
More Himmelsk photos here

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Shadow Sweeper


 

Blindly determined
to keep herself from sin, she
grabbed her sturdy broom
and swept away the shadows
that leered at her like demons.

 
** ** **
 
Deep quagmires of sin
can be swept away, my dears,
with a sturdy broom.

 
© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Outside a small shop in Tonalá, Jalisco, México
 
More Stumbling Towards Ecstasy ruminations here
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday photos here
 
More Straight Out of the Camera shots here
 
More Haiku Heights with the theme “Sin” here. (The first poem is a tanka, a close relative of haiku.)
 
More One Single Impression poems with the theme “Quagmire” here
 
More Mellow Yellow Monday photos here

Watery Wednesday: Searching


 

Searching for a sign
as we walk the lonely beach,
our hearts are hoping,
longing to be startled by
pelican’s insistent cry.

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: View of Bahía de Banderas (Banderas Bay), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
 
For more Watery Wednesday photos, click here.

Sky on Friday: Abandoned


 

Abandoned farmhouse—
only rats and lizards peer
from broken windows;
sunburned farmer and his wife
sold their mules, left plow to rust…

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
For more Looking at the Sky on Friday photos, click here.
 
For more SkyFriday photos, click here.

Thursday Challenge: Bordello


 

Pike Place bordello—
bananas and potatoes
purr seductively.
Johns pick up ripe plums with care,
praying sin is in the air.

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Pike Place Market, Seattle.
 
For more Thursday Challenge photos with the theme “Food,” click here.

Ruby Tuesday: My Buds


 

Left my buds behind.
Just can’t find ‘em anywhere.
Sure you ain’t seen ‘em?
Miss ‘em like I miss my dog.
Miss ‘em like a good woman.

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo taken at Twin Arrows, an abandoned trading post along Arizona I-40.
 
For more Ruby Tuesday photos, click here.

Thursday 13: 2 + 1 = 13

(Two tanka plus one haiku equals 13 lines of poetry!)

 

These early mornings
when I am barely awake
three redwinged blackbirds
singing in the marsh below
make my weary heart rejoice.

 

In the sacred grove
seven elders hold council,
the moon is weeping—
what are these incantations
that make the planets tumble?

 

azaleas afire
burning brighter than ten suns—
holy flames rising

 

© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Join others for Thursday 13 here.

Mellow Yellow Monday: Lovers


 

Lovers, like flowers
tossed about by wilding winds,
you will fade away,
leaves withering one by one,
petals drooping, scorched by sun.

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo taken at Pike Place Market, Seattle.
 
For more Mellow Yellow photos, click here.

 

Shadow Shot Sunday: Worn Bricks


 

My heel scuffs worn bricks
and tales spring up of those who
walked here long ago—
drunkards, children, prostitutes,
ministers and businessmen.

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo taken in Pioneer Square, Seattle.
 
For more Shadow Shots, click here.

 

Thursday Challenge: Creaking


 

Once I danced lithely.
Now covered with moss my bones
creak like schooner masts
driven by strong nor’westers—
can I keep them from snapping?

 
© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
For more Thursday Challenge photos with the theme “High or Low,” click here.