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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Senryu : sleeping like a clam


clammed up in my quilt
alarm tears me from my shell
autumn dreams depart

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Chèvrefeuille challenged us to revise a classical haiku by Basho on the Ise Shima Wedding Rocks. Continue reading Senryu : sleeping like a clam

Senryu : tea


sit still a moment
good friends share the zen of tea
quiet your mind’s noise

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Sometimes slowing down allows something special to happen.

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Today Tammy and I met near Prep & Pastries to go geocaching.  I thought P&P Continue reading Senryu : tea

Senryu : ZZZs


gotta love this life
catching z’s any ole time
purrs, free food on tap

senryu & photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Midnight gives a lecture on the important things in life: naps, good food, affection freely shared and living in the moment.

Cee challenges us to share a photograph of anyone or anything catching a few ZZZs.  Midnight was happy to oblige!



Letter Z anywhere in the word or people or animals catching some Zzz’s
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