Category Archives: Three Word Wednesday

Paths

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from these giddy heights
a sacred path below me
beckoning my feet
 
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lewd things on the path
commanding my attention—
my broken compass
 
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needless distractions
causing me to go astray
from the sacred path

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Giddy, Lewd, Needless”

Enough

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when you’ve had enough
calculating just how much
a lawyer will cost
 
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the neighbor next door
envious of his good looks
and his deep pockets
 
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seven years later
still cleaning up his act from
his messy divorce

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Calculating, Envious, Messy”

Bare Branches

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

 
docile calico kitten
padding along behind us

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

 
inflicting on each other
our foxy little hearts

 
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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”
 
More Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge: “Bare Branches Touch”

Sunday Afternoon

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Sunday afternoon
another page of Kafka
served up for dessert
 
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Sunday afternoon
still trying to get sober
after last night’s bash
 
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Sunday afternoon
tear stains on an old letter
read a thousand times
 
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Sunday afternoon
content to cling to folly
only for an hour
 
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Sunday afternoon
the monastery garden
overrun with fleas
 
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Sunday afternoon
meditating on the way
even pests evolve

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Folly”
 
More Carpe Diem: “Sunday Afternoon”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Content, Evolve, Sober”

Needy

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the need to begin—
devious plans for murder
blooming at midnight
 
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the need to begin—
frowning at the obstacles
on her chosen path
 
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the need to begin—
her venomous intentions
seething in her brain

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “The Need to Begin”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Devious, Frown, Venomous”

Water Lilies

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How long till they wilt,
this morning’s water lilies
in Monet’s garden?
 
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a shiver of fear—
the water lilies’ petals
browning as they bloom
 
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only one desire—
to paint my water lilies
as Monet did his

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Water Lilies”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Wilt, Shiver, Desire”

Corsage

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pheasant’s-eye* corsage—
frivolous decoration
pinned to her new dress
 
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pheasant’s-eye corsage—
the amicable florist
sells it for a song
 
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unrefined corsage
made of wilted pheasant’s eye—
still the poor one sings

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Pheasant’s Eye”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Amicable, Frivolous, Unrefined”

* pheasant’s eye: a flower also known in Japan as New Year’s Day Plant

Threesome

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old alcoholic
distracted from her drinking
completely sober
 
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walking in the barn
her genuine sympathy
for the cat-mauled mouse
 
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first night of the year
her modest white kimono
falling to the floor

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Completely Sober”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Distracted, Genuine, Modest”

Variations on Rice Cakes

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The farmer’s rice cakes—
his passionate offerings
for prosperity.
 
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The children’s rice cakes—
under green electric lights
how strangely they glow.
 
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Grandmother’s rice cakes—
we savage them at midday,
famished from the cold.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Mirror Rice Cakes”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Electric, Passionate, Savage”

Christmas Tree

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Tabletop Christmas tree in an Arizona church library
 
 


tiny Christmas tree
for the great celebration
of life, love and light
 
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brilliant crimson bows
festooning the green branches—
merrily on high
 
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A child’s fervent prayer—
Let there be something for me
underneath the tree.
 
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how thoughtful the gift
placed under the little tree
by a mother’s hands

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Christmas Tree”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Brilliant, Fervent, Thoughtful”

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