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Lamp

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View of the Cathedral, Zacatecas, México
 


the jade-seller’s lamp
still burning long past midnight
blotting out the moon
 
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Always somewhere a lamp is burning.

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Patting

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Baptismal font at a seldom-used chapel, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Out of the washbowl
I scoop up
my distorted face


patting out all the wrinkles
with a soft yellow towel

 
*Opening gambit by Sumitaku Kenshin
 
Final two lines and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge: “Sumitaku Kenshin’s ‘Out of the Washbowl'”

Name

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Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


no sign of tears
to prove your name
weeping willow


perhaps the wind has dried them
or a hundred days of sun

 
*Opening gambit © by Adjei Agyei-Baah
 
Final two lines © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem Special #157: “Adjei Agyei-Baah’s Haiku”

Web

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Spider, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


after my walk:
a perfect spider web
stuck to my glasses


how magical the world looks
through a thousand silken strands

 
*Opening gambit © by Lee Gurga
 
Final two lines © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge: “Lee Gurga’s ‘A Perfect Spider Web'”

Rusty

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Rusty can, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 
 


warm rain
the spring moon returns
to the rusty can


curling into a ball
the size of a kitten

 
*Opening gambit © by Yu Chang
 
Final two lines and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge: “Yu Chang’s ‘Warm Rain'”

Writing

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Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 
 


from a treetop
emptiness dropped down
in a cicada shell


writing a rich new story
in the pond beneath the pine

 
*Opening gambit © by Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold
 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge: “Basho’s ‘From a Treetop'”

Bones

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Discarded catfish carcass, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


howling wind—
an autumn note within
the bamboo flute


even catfish bones
quiver at the sound

 
*Opening gambit © by Kala Ramesh
 
Final two lines and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More A Prompt Each Day: “Flute”
 
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Bare Branches

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Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk
Fingers entwined.

 
docile calico kitten
padding along behind us

 
~~ ~~ ~~

 
Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk
Fingers entwined.

 
inflicting on each other
our foxy little hearts

 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk
Fingers entwined.

 
a whimper from the graveyard
making us tighten our grip

 
 
*Opening gambit (“Bare branches touch,” etc.) © by Jackie Le Poidevin
 
 
Final two lines of each set © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Docile, Inflict, Whimper”
 
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Cap

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Snow-capped stump, northern New Mexico
 


borrowing sleep
from the scarecrow’s sleeves
midnight frost


weaves a jaunty new snow cap
for the New Year’s festival

 
*Opening gambit © by Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold
 
Final two lines and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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stump sporting a jaunty snow cap

 
 
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Foxes

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New Year’s Eve 2012 fireworks, Dublin, Ireland
 


against the dark sky
colorful flowers and suns—
another festival


somewhere foxes are waiting
to lap up the fireworks ash

 
*Opening gambit © by Chèvrefeuille
 
Final two lines and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Fireworks”
 
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