Category Archives: Three Word Wednesday

Desert

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 


A desert wasteland—
who can number the dead things
littering the soil?
 
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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
 
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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”

Clouds

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Her sighing deeply
makes passing beggars wonder
why there aren’t more clouds.
 
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rainclouds overhead—
the farmwife’s frantic efforts
to save the laundry
 
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every ray of light
absorbed by thick cloud cover—
darkness at high noon

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Clouds”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Absorbed, Deeply, Frantic”

From All Directions

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from all directions
the misery of pilgrims
stumbling on their way
 
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a privilege, they say,
to come from all directions
to one holy place
 
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the stale old stories
coming from all directions—
family reunion

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘From All Directions'”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Misery, Privilege, Stale”

Rice Field

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part of a rice field—
in an intimate corner
two women undress
 
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the naked women
in one patch of the rice field—
unsatisfied thirst
 
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jagged rice stubble—
no place for their lovemaking
in the harvest field

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘One Patch of a Rice Field'”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Intimate, Jagged, Thirst”

Shaded by Blossoms

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Shaded by blossoms,
a clean and refreshing way
opens before her.
 
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fleshy old woman
seeking the shade of blossoms
in the noonday heat
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Candent noonday sun—
no heat can pierce the blossoms
or their cooling shade.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Shaded by Blossoms'”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Clean, Fleshy, Pierce”

Buying a Cookie

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buying a cookie
a hauntingly toothsome one
for the homeless man
 
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her impulse
to buy a cookie
at midnight
 
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buying a cookie
and letting her tongue linger
over the frosting

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Basho’s ‘Buying a Cookie'”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Hauntingly, Impulse, Linger”

Purity

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At the edge of the pond, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
 


witnessing pilgrims
in their search for purity—
pine and pond and stone
 
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In the bitter way,
even glorious visions
make pilgrims stumble.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Our World Tuesday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Purity”
 
More Straight Out of the Camera Sunday
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Bitter, Glorious, Stumble”

Filling the Ashtrays

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beautiful ashtrays
filling them with euro coins
to give to the poor
 
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filling the ashtrays—
puff after desperate puff
till the last smoke’s gone
 
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filling the ashtrays
with incense from the temple—
hush of curling smoke

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Filling the Ashtrays”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Beautiful, Desperate, Hush”

Three Little Breaths

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controlling her breath
even as she remembers
his tempting caress
 
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Controlling her breath,
she tries not to glance at him—
but, oh, that six-pack!
 
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Controlling her breath,
still she manages to pout—
and the goddess smiles.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Breath Control”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Caress, Glance, Pout”

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