Six from San Miguel

The first line of each haiku or senryu below is taken from The Insider’s Guide to San Miguel by Archie Dean. (I’m in San Miguel de Allende for the week.)
This week’s whirling words are: bluffs, willow, corona, brush, trembled, mud, crawl, vessels, nail, stain, shadows, stones. I have used: vessels, trembled, mud, corona, stones, shadows.

The planting season—
we bring vessels filled with seed
to the fresh-plowed earth.
~~ ~~ ~~
Flowers and fruit trees
trembled when the old man came
armed with pruning shears.
~~ ~~ ~~
A master potter
knows the subtle ways of mud,
and how they shape her.
~~ ~~ ~~
Bullfights and fireworks—
I sip at a Corona,
savoring the night.
~~ ~~ ~~
From around the world,
gather stones the size of fists—
change them into bread.
~~ ~~ ~~
Altars in the homes—
in shadows spirits huddle,
hoping to be freed.

Bonus senryu, even though it has no Wordle word:

Masks and chandeliers—
who understands their stories,
told with tangled tongues?

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on June 10, 2012, in haiku, Post Your Poems Day, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl, We Write Poems. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. “flowers and fruit trees trembled” terrific juxtaposition of images of trees trembling in face of old man “armed with pruning shears” really lingers… All as a set – a Sunday delight that never falters!

  2. I love the idea of tales told with tangled tongues!

  3. Fantastic sense of place in this set – poetic postcards from a world beyond my borders. Funny thing, my favorite – “masks and chandeliers” – has no wordle words in it. Ah, well… 😉

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Oh, good grief! You’re right! I was so tired from travel when I wrote these pieces, I misread “stones” for “stories.” A correction is in order. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  4. Love your haiku, as always! My favorite:
    “Masks and chandeliers—
    who understands their stories,
    told with tangled tongues?”

  5. My favourite form. What a series!

  6. I like them all! But my favorite would be the “Flowers and fruit trees….” Well wordled once again.

  7. I love that the mud shapes the potter. Our work shapes us. Lovely work.

  8. My favorite ”
    A master potter
    knows the subtle ways of mud,
    and how they shape her.”

    I also find it ironic that you turned “stones” into stories… you are magical indeed!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Oh, believe me, there’s no magic in weariness! It’s only because of my weariness that “stones” were changed into “stories”!

  9. I like the stones into bread one – way to recover, mmt. 🙂 I’m also glad you left the masks and chandeliers verse as is; it’s full of mystery and intrigue.

  10. Every one of poems stand alone to create images and emotions within the reader….Fabulous work….did you sip from the moon’s corona too?

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I like your phrase “sip from the moon’s corona.” I just may “borrow” it for a future poem!

  11. clever clever word smith.
    the insider’s guide to san miguel
    has slipped soul in between every highlight!

  12. p.s.
    now do you understand my love affair with san miguel???

  13. I like the way you have combined man and nature in these word pictures.

  14. a clever creation. you have captured a bit of the charm and a sense of place. enjoy your week.

  15. Beautiful series, and like many of the others, I too love the last one!

  16. hypercryptical

    Excellently done. Especially like:

    A master potter
    knows the subtle ways of mud,
    and how they shape her.

    Anna :o]

  17. What a great idea for summer poetry – inspired by a travel guide. I may have to try this myself later this summer. I love the one about the flowers and fruit trees.


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