Haiku and Senryu: 2nd Baker’s Dozen


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

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sensational Haiku Wednesday with the theme “Freestyle” here
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon here
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 39 poems here
More The Purple Treehouse poems here
More Poetry Picnic Week 22 poems here
More The Poetry Pantry #83 poems here

Posted on January 16, 2012, in haiku, Haiku My Heart, Poetry Picnic, senryu, Sensational Haiku Wednesday, The Poetry Pantry, The Purple Treehouse, The Thursday Think Tank. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. not sure which one I love better of your Bakers dozens, but I will go with this one here..

  2. Reminds me of Marie Antoinette’s famous ignorant, flippant quip about the peasants having no bread: “Then let them eat cake.”
    Lovely, once again.
    RYN about Sherlock, I would like to know what happens next, too 😉

  3. At a roadside shrine
    she makes one resolution:
    to pay attention.

    This one hit home.

  4. I really like this style… I want to learn new ways of writing… I just write emotions and blurb them out… this is very good work… perhaps I should try a style like sometime:)


  5. Haiku is a deceptively difficult form to master and yet these are outstanding. Enjoyed every one of them.

  6. magical and mystical indeed!

  7. A delightful meal with great depth and rich relish.

  8. Those are great! My favorite is the resolution to pay attention – I don’t think most of us pay much attention

  9. What an incredible array of haiku!

  10. Wonderful verses, mmt. My favorite for the message conveyed is:
    Will You reel me in
    when I wander far away
    from Your endless love?

    I also like the koi and wren haikus.

  11. There was one good man
    With a soul both deep and broad
    Weaving word portraits.


  12. What a feast and delight!! Nicely done, MMT!

  13. Lovely and thoughtful haiku work.

  14. incredible Haiku.

    keep it up,
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Freestyle in all its glory! It certainly agrees with you! Well done, every single one!

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