Thursday 13: Haiku

Mist-shrouded mountains—

somewhere a cougar crouches,

hoping to crunch bones.

I could not say why

pelicans were whispering

while the dolphins danced.

Crumbling sandstone walls,

shadows keening like old men—

it is a sad song.

Forsythia fire!

Brilliant yellow blossom-flame

kindles my desire!


A candle burning

incense rising this morning

my heart rejoices

Ten thousand proverbs

are not enough to make me

quit reading your face.

Some apples and pears

placed on low wooden altar—

sweet feast for the gods.

Water over stones

leaves swirling in rough eddies—

ah, the mountain stream!

To the coyote:

Will you come again next spring

to eat my chickens?

Ancient olive trees

clinging to steep mountainside—

overhead a crow.

Pear leaf, your blushing

is my greatest pleasure when

moon waxes golden.

Four ripe persimmons

fat and blushing with sweetness—

so tantalizing!

Venerable tree,

how shall I tell my sorrow

to you this morning?

© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher


Posted on April 1, 2010, in my haiku, Thursday 13. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Very nice! I liked the last one and the one about forsythia best. I have a series of haiku teapoems. Here’s one:
    Sterling paddle dips
    through a veil of smoky mist
    Long legged crane sips

  2. Oh wow! Wonderfully done 🙂

    Have a great Thursday!
    http://harrietandfriends.com/2010/03/nuts-nuts/

  3. Wonderful list. April is national poetry month–so that’s a good start!

  4. How fun! Haikus are one of my favorite forms of poetry.

  5. My favorite is the proverbs one. I love art about people…portraits, poems, stories. 🙂

  6. Haikus are lovely forms, aren’t they? So simple, yet so deep. I love thinking about them.

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