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Haiku and Senryu: 2nd Baker’s Dozen

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Of the chrysalis
there is still a shred or two
unclaimed by the wind.
 
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By the shrewd habit
of kneeling in the kitchen
she found sustenance.
 
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For a slice of bread
you are slavering in vain—
be content with cake.
 
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Will You reel me in
when I wander far away
from Your endless love?
 
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Pick the tomatoes
before the earth goes dormant,
sing out each weed’s name.
 
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They were good people,
though they had no depth of soul—
the starlings miss them.
 
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What is it saying,
the apple crisp and golden,
to the rising moon?
 
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A small pool of light—
I contemplate with wonder
the wren that gulps it.
 
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I cobble meaning
out of stones dotted with moss,
buttered with lichen.
 
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At a roadside shrine
she makes one resolution:
to pay attention.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Thirty hungry koi
roiling the small pond’s surface—
toss them haiku crumbs.
 
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A step at a time
down the broad but crooked path
you find what you need.
 
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Spend the next twelve days
staging one grand spectacle—
no one will forget.

 
© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Haiku and Senryu by the Dozen

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Their old love letters—
she was saving them for him,
but then the wind raged.
 
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Sometimes blazing grace
may drive you into deserts,
far away from friends.
 
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Who can bear the loss
of hearth and home, health and kin?
Job knows the answer.
 
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The yarn she told me
terrorized even the stars—
what was she thinking?
 
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Despite the wailing
of women at the altar,
I drift off to sleep.
 
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Ten thousand stitches
to sew the stars together—
are you the seamstress?
 
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They wear no sweaters,
even when the wind shrieks down
from the snow-capped peaks.
 
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Wind it seven times,
the string around your finger,
to remember me.
 
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I was not allowed
to stop before I started
becoming empty.
 
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It is a spirit,
not the one I expected,
whispering to me.
 
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Shovel them under,
shards of all your broken dreams—
let them rest in peace.
 
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For the faerie queene
seven offerings were left,
one a sacred plum.

 
© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon here
 
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Christmas Tree

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Festive Christmas tree,
blazing in the dark of night,
be my ray of hope.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Plazas de Armas, Zacatecas, México
 
More Carry on Tuesday poems with the theme “A Ray of Hope Flickers in the Sky” here
 
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In a Shop Window

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In a shop window,
the view behind you sharpens,
whether foul or fair.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Zacatecas, México
 
More Sensational Haiku Wednesday with the theme “Review” here
 
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Christmas Finery

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festive city streets
still in Christmas finery
shining rays of hope

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Near the Mercado, Zacatecas, México
 
More Carry on Tuesday poems with the theme “A Ray of Hope Flickers in the Sky” here
 
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Renewal

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In the cathedral,
someone prays to the Virgin
for soul renewal.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: “Nuestra Señora del Refugio de los Pecodores,” artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano, Zacatecas, México
 
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Festive Afternoon

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Festive afternoon—
round and round the skaters go,
church bells stun the air.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Ice skating rink, Plaza de Armas, Zacatecas, México
 
More Sunday Scribblings with the theme “Festive” here
 
More Haiku Heights with the theme “Christmas” here
 
More Straight Out of the Camera shots here
 
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Preview or Review?

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Shimmering image—
does it tell of things to come,
or things that have been?

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: A reflecting pool, Zacatecas, México
 
More Sensational Haiku Wednesday with the theme “Review” here
 
More Straight Out of the Camera shots here
 
More The Poetry Pantry #81 poems here
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2 photos here
 
More Weekend Reflections photos here
 
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More Watery Wednesday photos here
 
More Poetry Picnic Week 19 here
 
More Ruby Tuesday photos here
 
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Adoration

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Peasants, shepherds, kings
stand in mute adoration
at the cradling place.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Nativity figures in Plaza Santo Domingo, Zacatecas, México
 
More Haiku Heights with the theme “Christmas” here
 
More Straight Out of the Camera shots here
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2 photos here
 
More The Purple Treehouse haiku here
 
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More REDnesday photos here

Haiku and Senryu by the Dozen

Wordle 36
 
 

There is no teacup
big enough to hold my joy—
it is spilling out.
 
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To find our way home,
we must follow the shepherds
through sheep-littered fields.
 
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A wound is the place
where you may hear glad tidings
hammering your heart.
 
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If you stay the course,
Haste will hide her face from you
as your feet plod on.
 
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Hay in the manger,
are you not in awe of him
who nestles in you?
 
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This is my decree:
When you have lost hope, set out
on new adventures.
 
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Christ in the desert
was not afraid of hunger,
though he had no bread.
 
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In holy silence
the fields and woodlands pondered
why the stars blinked out.
 
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Foretaste of heaven—
a single angel singing
simple little songs.
 
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In her inmost heart,
she mined unanswered questions—
jagged little gems.
 
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From the tree of peace
I have gathered all these fruits—
eat and be refreshed.
 
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She listened deeply,
but what she heard distressed her—
from her eyes fell frost.

 
© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Postcards from Paradise at Recuerda Mi Corazon here
 
More Haiku Heights with the theme “Christmas” here
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 36 poems here
 
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