Tanka : take a seat


plop down on a squab
rest beneath a gambrel’s beam
an air con’s cool breeze
door splits summer heat outside
sip iced liquid for a spell

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I thought squab was a fat little bird, Continue reading Tanka : take a seat

Haiku : bouquet & greenery


feasting on bouquets
greenery all aflutter
happy dance of spring

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere


©2018 photograph by M. LaFreniere
Butterflies at Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Senryu : rattlesnake


jumped out, took his pic
rattlesnake crossing the road
got mad, hissed at me!

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere






I think he just ate because he was bulging a bit in the middle.

The flash put a funny black line under him.  I took one without the flash, just the light from the car but he’s fuzzy in this one.  Boy, did he hate the flash!  Don’t blame him as it’s pretty late at night and must have startled him.

I’ll probably go back and fix the flash ones — they are too light but wanted to get these up before midnight so they are straight from my camera.

First time I’ve seen a rattlesnake outside a zoo.  Scarey but cool. I am sooo happy I brought along my telephoto lens.  Tammy said you see all kinds of things geocaching.

photography by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved  — not that the photographs are great but still.

Senryu : found photographs


a photo quartet
thought gone forever but found
an ancient laptop

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

looking at an old hard drive, found some old photos I took in Japan thirty years ago. So happy as I thought the files were lost forever on another borked drive.

also published the pics on cactscatz.com

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Senryu : I’d rather be on Mars

A model of the Mars Exploration Rover at the Pima Air & Space Museum.

Wish I were on Mars
a lost civilization
grand discovery

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I love science-fiction, more than partially because I’ve always wanted to be a space explorer and visit new planets and alien civilizations. Unfortunately I’ve been near-sighted since I was 6 so that dream died an early death.  And as they say, those who can’t, write!  It’s probably why my stories are fantasy or sci-fi.


The Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85706

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Senryu : aging wrinkles


aging, my back hurts
super highs, crashing angst smoothed
wrinkles, silvered, good

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Yeah, my back hurts.  My eyes are going; my hearing fading.

I remember my 20’s.  The spiraling highs.  Egads, the energy!  Running, dancing, Continue reading Senryu : aging wrinkles

Senryu : captivating jelly jars


it’s the jelly jars
I have no chance to be slim
captivating sweets

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

In Tucson, Chocolate Iguana has been around for 27 years with chocolate, candies and espresso.  Recently someone has bought their building to put in a coffee shop they’ve invested in and Chocolate Iguana finds themselves suddenly without a home.  They will be moving out on March 31, 2018.

Their chocolate truffles are to die for!  If you haven’t been, go now.  Who knows if or how long before they can find a place and reopen.


Chocolate Iguana
500 N 4th Ave #1
Tucson, AZ 85705
M-Th 7am-8pm, F 7am-10pm,
Sa 8am-10pm, Su 9am-6pm

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Haiku : spring


spring blossom budding
lull afore desert’s dog days
nature ablooming

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Spring is a very short season here before the summer heat hits. In a few weeks what passes as winter’s cold leaves us with spring dropping by to say hello before heralding in the blasting furnace winds of our desert summer.  I love spring.


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