Whirling Haiku and Senryu

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The first line of each haiku or senryu below is taken from “Falling” by James Dickey.
 

heat from the cornfields
rising green in the morning
Iowa summer
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the last of moonlight
a sea of darkness washing
over the prairie
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
from pastures of beans
and intractable meadows—
the keening of bees
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
night air of Kansas
cicadas beating the stars
with their tattered wings
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
The last wisp of fog
lifts from the maple-lined lane—
still she is stumbling.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
While farmers sleepwalk,
their flocks wander through starfields
nibbling shards of light.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
She could have made it
had she chosen to follow
the well-worn walkway.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
from her chosen ground
an alley on Second Street
the tinkling of glass
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
for something to live
and not squander all its breath
it must have a dream
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
my God it is good
to accommodate your lips
up against my own
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
groaning for coffee
served in polished pewter mugs
oceans of caffeine
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
She can no longer
use her eyes for seducing—
old Aztec princess.

 
© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Posted on April 29, 2012, in haiku, Haiku Heights, NaPoWriMo, The April Heights 2012, The Sunday Whirl, We Write Poems. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Oooooh, I love the one with keening bees!

  2. So clever, to break up the wordle in this way: I must try this sometime.

  3. I, too, love the keening of bees. So want to steal it!

  4. Each one I love, but especially #4, with the tattered wings.

  5. I love the keening bees and how you move us through fields and the tinkling glass of second street. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

  6. I love the coffee haiku, mmt. Always a pleasure to read you on Sundays.

    Pamela

  7. I love coffee, but the sleepwalking farmers – magical!

    Richard

  8. Wow, I’m very impressed. Well done!

  9. I just love three and four!!! These are all really great!!

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