Haiku and Senryu: Take Four


My words will come out,
in rivers or in puddles,
released breath by breath.
As long as they work,
why would you not hold my words,
weightless though they be?
Rapid were the words
she babbled to the river—
ten thousand welcomes.
So many stories
begin with a spasm of grief—
Tolstoy understood.
For the whole story,
you will need a spacious place—
some songs of Mahler.
is it a forest
or some troubling enigma—
my Zen teacher’s back
time in the death lodge—
elements of fire and earth
mixed with dragon breath
With the clang of gongs
and the smashing of old glass,
three elders appear.
God comes tumbling down
from heaven to the altar—
one of us may die.
Lunging at the moon
I feel the wild pulsations
of my wanton heart.
We seek your counsel,
Old Woman of the Mountain,
rare and wise and true.
Take the turtle home,
do not lose your grip on her—
she is your sister.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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More The Purple Treehouse haiku here

Posted on December 16, 2011, in haiku, Haiku My Heart, The Poetry Pantry, The Purple Treehouse, The Thursday Think Tank, Thursday Poets' Rally. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Excellent writing. Really beautifully done.

  2. Oh goodness, I truly think that you breathe in air and out comes haiku. These collection of haiku here took my breath away, literally. You are amazing with your production of haiku, and the haiku are even more amazing. My favorite one from the above because it speaks to me is:

    Lunging at the moon
    I feel the wild pulsations
    of my wanton heart.

  3. Love the Mahler reference! Overall, very nicely done.

  4. going back to read you again..thank you

  5. Yep ~ you are one dynamo with Haikus ~~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

  6. I ADORE the first haiku/stanza. A perfect piece on its own

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank you! They were all meant to be discrete units, so I suppose I should have separated them with ~~ or ##.

  7. I had to take a second look to absorb this. I am a dunce, you know. So, the twelve words scattered are to be used in separate haiku, hence 12 haiku follow. Each seems to stand alone. Each can make the reader think, maybe too hard if they are trying to get some specific meaning. But just word for word, they stand alone in fine fashion. You are the wordsmith supreme.


  8. The reference to Tolstoy is very clever 🙂

  9. amazing Haikus,

    Thanks for sharing,
    Merry Christmas.

  10. 10,000 welcomes. love your style

  11. Wow! I am literally in awe of what you created. I feel myself in the Zen temple; I hear the gong, the chanting. BEautiful.

  12. There are so many nuggets of truth and wisdom in this. I tried to pick out a favorite, but couldn’t settle on one.

  13. truly enjoyed this, wow.

    well penned.

  14. I really liked the first one. However, I enjoyed them all! Thank you!

  15. Really, really liked these “words”!! Very nicely done. Blessings, Terri

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