A Dozen Ways to Still

Haiku Heights
 
The first line of each haiku or senryu below is taken from Shu Ting‘s poem “The Singing Flower,” translated from the Chinese by Carolyn Kizer.
 


I return to you
every evening at sundown—
still your door is locked.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Pounding at your door,
my hands still in bandages—
will you let me in?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Sit in the darkness,
bid your frantic heart be still—
hush, the singer comes.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
On a speeding train
I try to still my wild heart—
frightened little fawn.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Permit me to dream
of things I still care about—
plum trees blossoming.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
My little basket
will still hold a few ripe plums—
this one is for you.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Your singing flower
cannot soothe my troubled heart—
still, I will listen.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Come in the morning
when I am still ripe with sleep—
press me to your lips.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
I reserve the right
to still your strident singing—
why are you amazed?
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
in the barley fields
harvesters still swinging scythes—
lightning in the east
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
My poems travel
from here to Venus and back—
still no one reads them.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Guided by flowers,
I am still finding my way
fragrance by fragrance.

 
© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon
 
More We Write Poems: NaPoWriMo #22
 
More The April Heights: “Still”

Posted on April 21, 2012, in haiku, Haiku Heights, Haiku My Heart, NaPoWriMo, senryu, Shu Ting, The April Heights 2012, We Write Poems. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Beautiful beautiful…lovely..lovely.

  2. enjoyed each
    a good bunch of haiku
    mystique’s magic..

    RS:)

  3. Really,,, how do you do it…. so versatile… so many… and still so fresh, each one!!! Absolutely loved each one of it… Extremely lovely… all of em!

    Familiar face, mistaken identity

  4. So many ~ you are blessed ~ wonderful ^_^

  5. I really enjoyed your set of haiku. This is my favourite
    Sit in the darkness,
    bid your frantic heart be still—
    hush, the singer comes.
    Thank you.

  6. Really,how do you do it? What inspires such magic?

  7. I read lots of your poems, Ma’am! They have been and are all wonderful, no mistaking! Looking forward to more, MMT!

    Hank

  8. what a story you weave here…time after time…

    x..x

  9. A lovely idea to use the cento technique to kick of this haiku collection

    Your penultimate senryu is untrue! We do read them…

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Oh, how I love your correct use of the the word “penultimate”! And I do thank you for reading!

  10. Another wonderful set of Haiku MMT…these 4…I just loved them… 🙂

    Permit me to dream
    of things I still care about—
    plum trees blossoming.

    ~~ ~~ ~~

    My little basket
    will still hold a few ripe plums—
    this one is for you.

    ~~ ~~ ~~

    Come in the morning
    when I am still ripe with sleep—
    press me to your lips.

    ~~ ~~ ~~

    Guided by flowers,
    I am still finding my way
    fragrance by fragrance.

  11. Wonderful intermingling of scents and visuals! A sensual feast!

  12. My personal favorites: the two with plums. And “still, I will listen” – just beautiful – that’s love to me. Oh, we read them – and we enjoy them. Thank you.

    Richard

  13. so many beautiful haiku- I love the one about the barley – so tranquil

  14. Wonderful series on Still MMT

  15. I dont know what to say… all of them have a story to tell… I adore the first one for some reason

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