Category Archives: Three Word Wednesday

Birds

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August sunset, Southern Arizona
 


a tattered scarecrow
puts on a new suit of clothes—
palm fronds at sunset
 
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enigmatic words
splashed blood-red against the sky—
ravens know the tongue
 
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a palm at sunset—
how the sparrows irritate
every thirsty frond
 
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gruesome little tales
wagged by pigeon tongues at dusk—
foxes slink away

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Lolly’s ‘New Scarecrow'”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Enigmatic, Gruesome, Irritate”

Pyramid

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Climbing the pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


addicted to heights
climbers on the pyramid
scrambling to the top
 
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Defiant climbers—
nothing can stop their ascent
of the pyramid.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Leaving the world’s filth,
they seek the holy precincts
of the pyramid.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “The Great Pyramid of Giza”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Addicted, Defiant, Filth”

Crow

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Sunrise glimpsed through the branches of an ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
crow on the mountain
his tedious yammering
smearing the sun in the east
 
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the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
the eyes of a crow
reflect the burning mountain
just before sunrise
 
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the way to my house
bestrewn with thorns and sorrows—
at the sunrise hour
a crow with its mocking song
lays waste the mountain

 
Tanka and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Sunrise…Mountaintop”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Reflect, Tedious, Waste”

Jasmine

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metallic table
set with cups of jasmine tea
for some grieving guests
 
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sipping jasmine tea
on a rainy afternoon
from a polished cup
 
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Cups of jasmine tea—
what’s the optimal amount
for healing sorrows?

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Jasmine”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Metallic, Optimal, Polished”

Fawn

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fawn on the mountain—
hunter hidden in the dark
raises his rifle
 
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lonely little fawn
trying to nurse its mother
after the kill shot
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
no boring ending
to the story of the fawn—
a day of vengeance

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Fawn”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Boring, Dark, Lonely”

Waves

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Shadows of a yucca plant, White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, New Mexico
 


A summer pilgrim
slogging through waves of white sand—
how aloof she seems!
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
temporary waves
surging through the summer sand
only to subside
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
waves of summer sand
erasing the pilgrim’s path
one whole day and night

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Summer Waves”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Aloof, Temporary, Whole”

Hidden

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Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Larry Frank Collection at the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe
 


hidden under skirts
the ripe full moon awaiting
raven’s raspy voice
 
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summer’s first full moon
obedient in blooming
in a field of stars
 
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from her vantage point
a somber maiden weighing
summer’s first full moon

 
Text © 2015 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Full Moon”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Obedient, Raspy, Somber”

Lagoon

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Yuma East Wetlands, Yuma, Arizona
 


near the still lagoon
a nervous titmouse quivers—
hawk seeks breakfast prey
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
near the still lagoon
a tiny lump of feathers
after fatal strike
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Near the still lagoon
a puzzled hiker pauses—
her frisson of fear.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More SkyWatch Friday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Lagoon”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Lump, Nervous, Puzzled”

Desert

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


A desert wasteland—
who can number the dead things
littering the soil?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the barren lands
hungry and thirsty creatures
vie for sustenance.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the wilderness
some things rattle and threaten,
others pierce and tear.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Desert”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Dead, Hungry, Threaten”

Eagles

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among the eagles
one holding itself erect
ready to take prey
 
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among the eagles
one elder without blemish
despite his battles
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
a lopsided nest
cradling a mother eagle
and her clutch of eggs

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Eagles”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Blemish, Erect, Lopsided”

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