Whirling Haiku and Senryu

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.


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


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

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

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