Haiku and Senryu by the Dozen: Take 2

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I have forgotten
the reason for my journey—
this is far enough.
 
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There was no question
that we would rebuild our lives—
the question was how.
 
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Garden gate sagging,
weeds choking out the onions—
wild dereliction!
 
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I could hear singing
as I thatched the cottage roof—
her morning prayer.
 
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Seeking communion
with little fluttering things,
I find my soul’s home.
 
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Thousands of pigeons,
a furious featherstorm—
is there no escape?
 
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Breathing the same air
as my mortal enemies—
they and I are one.
 
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Is this how you pray?
By stuffing your mouth with stones?
Does God understand?
 
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Why grope for mere crumbs
when you have a wheaten loaf
buttered and waiting?
 
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Only crazy monks
would huddle on cold hearthstones,
hoping to get warm.
 
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a soulcraft journey—
not accomplished in a flash—
step by plodding step
 
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Unholy water,
bubbling from some hidden source,
will you stain my soul?

 
© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Posted on January 10, 2012, in haiku, Postcards from Paradise, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl, Thursday Poets' Rally. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. So many gems in this set. The second one brings up post-Katrina memories, and the fifth one reminds me of why I love to photograph butterflies. The ninth and eleventh ones are full of wisdom, and the pigeon one evokes images of a certain Hitchcock film.

  2. what a wonderful collection of haiku…wisdom, spirituality….nice work!

  3. I cannot define what it is that I liked about your poem. But, there is some magic in the way you write things 🙂 Happy rally

  4. Cool.
    Love “wild dereliction” – great phrase!

  5. Awesome verses. Loved reading these. Thanks for sharing

  6. “Why grope for mere crumbs
    when you have a wheaten loaf
    buttered and waiting?”

    – wonderful! 🙂

  7. brilliant set of haiku

  8. I also say awesome – brilliant writing! *clap clap*

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