Haiku and Senryu by the Dozen

Wordle 35

If you drink from it,
a sacred chalice can be
nothing but trouble.
~ ~ ~
When you are sixty,
a year will seem as nothing—
one migrating bird.
~ ~ ~
In an avalanche
you dream of drinking coffee
by a roaring fire.
~ ~ ~
When her luck ran out,
she was carrying two cups—
shards fell everywhere.
~ ~ ~
I will come to you
when the purple flowers bloom
in sweet profusion.
~ ~ ~
Fly away with me
to the moon and back again—
the swing is waiting.
~ ~ ~
When you play the game,
the very first thing to do
is call on dragons.
~ ~ ~
If you lag behind,
neither angels nor dragons
can guide your footsteps.
~ ~ ~
It is a sonnet,
and anything can happen—
pour it in my mouth!
~ ~ ~
Citizen of night,
did you wrap yourself in stars
thinking they were birds?
~ ~ ~
From the great altar
built of earth and blood and stone,
someone summons me.
~ ~ ~
When I started out,
she states, fellow travelers
would not say my name.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Thursday Think Tank with the theme “Off the Cuff” here
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More The Purple Treehouse haiku here

Posted on December 18, 2011, in haiku, Postcards from Paradise, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Purple Treehouse, The Sunday Whirl, The Thursday Think Tank. Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Such a cool set of verses! I don’t know if it was intentional, but they seem to be telling a story of an older woman’s musings or dreams about her life. I like that connectedness they have.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I’m glad you see a connection. In my mind, some are connected and some are not, but if they all connect for you, stupendous!

  2. I enjoyed these quite a bit. Great writes.

  3. I enjoyed the haiku set…very creative and nice ~

    You should join us at Haiku Heights ~

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thanks, both for your appreciation and the invitation. I participate in Haiku Heights weekly, except when the prompt is just too “way out there” (and there have been some of those, believe me!).

  4. I always love coming here on Sundays! This week I especially like # 2, 3, 6 and 10.


  5. I like how you incorporate the wordle words and maintain your verse form. I enjoyed all of them, but want to take 2, 9, and 10, home with me.


  6. Love these bits of wisdom!!!

  7. if i could stuff all the fortune cookies in the world i would use your wisdom and beauty here!

  8. wise words, wow.

    well penned.

  9. “Fly away with me
    to the moon and back again—
    the swing is waiting.”

    Sheer, pure JoY!

    And the luck running out made me laugh out loud… morbid, I know!

  10. I like the second haiku, about a year as a migrating bird the best

  11. I love a year as a migrating bird. Your place is fast becoming a favorite Sunday stop for me. Wisdom. Your words emanate wisdom.

  12. wow!! what a wonderful story you weave here.


  13. These are great. I like the ones with dragons. My wordle led me to dragons too!

  14. Wow! I love how you imaged the wordle words almost as separate prompts… and yet there is a feeling of a common thread between the verses. Each one is beautiful, as is the whole.

  15. some of theses seem like they could be expressions people throw at you

  16. I read these through slowly and then read them aloud. The voice I heard wasn’t the one booming in the wilderness, but a woman’s gentle cadenced one. So beautiful.

  17. Each one was such a delight to read and ponder. Beautiful work!

  18. These are quite beautiful and full of joy.


  19. Amazing series! My favorites were 5 and 6.

  20. There’s a sweet and simple clarity to your haikus. Nicely done.

  21. beautiful and wise words.
    well done.


  22. All lovely haiku, but my favorite was “Citizen of night.” Caught me by surprise – I had to close my eyes and imagine the night sky filled with celestial beauty. Great work! Peace, Amy

  23. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you!

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