Category Archives: Three Word Wednesday

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”
 
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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
 
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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”

Skating

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Ice-skating rink, Plaza de Armas, Zacatecas, México
 
 


festive afternoon
round and round the skaters glide
church bells stun the air
 
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church bells stun the air
graceful skaters skimming ice
vibrantly alive
 
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vibrantly alive
relishing the glaring ice
round and round they go
 
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round and round they go
while misty-eyed grandparents
remember their youth

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Carpe Diem: “Ice Skating”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Alive, Glaring, Misty”

Aurora

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Chapel of Santo Niño de Atocha, Chimayo, New Mexico
 


sorrowing mother—
a bright aurora of grief
stains the northern sky
 
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What can blunt the grief
of mothers losing their sons
to ravenous graves?
 
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Grappling with her grief,
her world spins out of control—
perhaps she is drunk.
 
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mother of the dead
lethargic in her sorrow
morning bread unbaked

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Northern Lights”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Blunt, Drunk, Lethargic”

 
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Walking

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walking autumn roads—
compact clumps of blooming gorse
heavy with cold rain
 
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walking autumn roads
how jubilant the pilgrim
keeping time with crows
 
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walking autumn roads
rife with neglected potholes
farmer homeward bound

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Inspired by Richard Wright”
 
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Failing

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Beginning of dusk, November, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


finale
the failing daylight
then nightfall
 
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fiery prelude
to dusk on distant mountains—
pilgrim presses on
 
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Sonoran Desert—
notorious for its light
rising and falling
 
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Singing toxic songs,
the lurking desert creatures
welcome one more dusk.

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Three Word Wednesday:”Fiery, Notorious, Toxic”

Mount

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Sonoran Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona
 


the sacred mountain—
its way lies through the wastelands
how prickly the path
 
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the sacred mountain—
each pilgrim finds it crucial
for her spirit’s rest
 
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the sacred mountain—
malignant its detractors
scoffing at its fame
 
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the sacred mountain—
a pilgrim’s unvoiced yearning
yielding to the way

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
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Threesome

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election results—
how devastating to all
who ran well but lost
 
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gossamer prison—
steely strands of spider web
clamping a cricket
 
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migraine and nightmare—
plummeting into the depths
of a fearsome hell

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Devastate, Gossamer, Plummet”

A Thorn in the Flesh

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a thorn in the flesh—
blood from the sudden puncture
trickling down her leg
 
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a thorn in the flesh—
how it will cripple her soul
is anyone’s guess
 
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a thorn in her flesh—
something numinous lurking
in the painful wound

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Thorn”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Blood, Cripple, Lurk”

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