Seven Whirls with James Joyce

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Dublin, from which I returned two weeks ago, is a UNESCO City of Literature. The first line of each haiku or senryu below is taken from “The Dead,” by James Joyce, one of Dublin’s enduring writers. Because of time constraints, I have used only seven of the Wordle words.
 
 


While the three women
fasten pearls about their necks,
the men suck their pipes.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
One of the young men
knocks his pipe against his palm—
rain of grey ashes.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Where she was going,
there was neither light nor air—
she would not turn back.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
When the piano
begins to call out her name,
she flees in terror.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Quoting poetry,
she folds the linen napkins,
every crease a sign.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the supper table
spread with lacy filaments
of the spider’s art
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
a glass of whisky
thawing frozen skin and bone
bitter winter nights

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Posted on January 20, 2013, in haiku, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I did enjoy each of these. (Thanks once again for being a participant in Poetry Pantry. I hope you will return for a very cool prompt on Wednesday.) I liked the first one….as it sounded like the kind of party where women are in one room and men in the other. (ha) The third one sounds like a young woman following the wrong path.. Nicely crafted once again!

  2. It seems you have also woven the spider’s art in each one.

  3. What a hugely rich story..flows so effortlessly..distilled..sharp as bones..(and seven is an impressive number of prompts)

  4. Where she was going…
    You manage to tell an entire end of life story in haiku. Amazing.

  5. I always so enjoy your haiku. Love all the details – the pipes, the ash, the spider’s art.

  6. I agree with the t”told a whole lifetime in haiku” comment. Your haiku sounded so natural, nothing forced

  7. You have really nailed the art of ‘chain Haiku’!

  8. This is lovely. I like the third one. But then they all work together like a spider’s art.

  9. Oh man, I LOVE these:

    Where she was going,
    there was neither light nor air—
    she would not turn back.” … (especially this one)

    ~~ ~~ ~~

    When the piano
    begins to call out her name,
    she flees in terror.

    ~~ ~~ ~~

    Quoting poetry,
    she folds the linen napkins,
    every crease a sign.

  10. magical teachert, I enjoyed this story poem. Minimalistic writing gives this
    tale an importance and remembtrance.

  11. I think in these you have excelled yourself; they’re all so good!

  12. loved them all.. but my favorite is
    Quoting poetry,
    she folds the linen napkins,
    every crease a sign

  13. First and last are easy to identify with… the rest are just… excellent!

  14. They are all unique – I especially like the last two.
    My non-story was a tad dark…
    but that’s where the words went…

    http://julesgemsandstuff.blogspot.com/2013/01/sw-92-haggard.html

  15. loved every bit !
    quite an interesting prompt to self :)

  16. Oh wow, I love these – masterfully done! It’s so delightful to see the different places the same words take people. You are a wonderful writer – I’ll be back for sure. :)

  17. Each of these haiky/senyus creates such an interesting image in my mind. Love them.

  18. how easy it was for you to create so many so effortlessly. Great images….! loved them all:)

  19. nicely crafted Haiku. Each one is exquisite for they conjure up vivid images

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