Whirling with Wendell Berry

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The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from “How to Be a Poet” by Wendell Berry.
 
This week’s whirling words are: charm, willows, crust, rustle, unbearable, explode,
mending, fever, brittle, breeze, piercing, sheaths

 
 


To remind myself
that I’m piercing the darkness,
I write sharp haiku.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Disturb the silence
with the rustle of paper,
the scratching of pen.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Make a place to sit,
take your brushes from their sheaths—
rice paper waiting.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Little words that come
begging on an evening breeze—
invite them to stay.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Shun electric wire.
You will not explode without
a television.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
What comes from silence
is sometimes brittle, broken
and beyond repair.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
A place to sit down
and let the fever subside—
this is all I ask.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
You must depend
on a single crust of bread
to quell your hunger.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Make the best you can
of unbearable moments—
your journey goes on.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Out of the silence
she comes, hoping to charm me
and lead me astray.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Sit down. Be quiet.
Let the mending of your soul
begin with this breath.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
To the one who prays,
even the willows’ rustling
is a clear answer.
 

 
© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 77
 
More The Poetry Pantry #118

Posted on October 7, 2012, in haiku, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl, Wendell Berry. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. I think that this series – for it certainly reads as a series – is one of your best – which is saying a great deal in a collection of works that are truly beautiful 🙂

  2. Make the best you can
    of unbearable moments—
    your journey goes on.

    I like the above the best. Despite hardships life must go on. How very apt MMT! A haiku set that covers the whole gamut of life’s tendencies you have here!. You touched them all

    Hank

  3. Beautiful. MMT. There is so much knowledge to be found in silence.

  4. Each one, better than the one before! Several favorites.

  5. Have admired what you are doing here, but these are outstanding, each and every one speaks to the soul. Beautiful,

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/one-day-road-trip/

  6. THESE are WONDERFUL!! Loved every one, and philosophy within.

  7. Thank you for continually sharing your wisdom and insight. Stops here feed my soul.

  8. I love their first one. Haiku does indeed pierce the darkness. I’ll think about that the next time I write. Of course, the last one really speaks to me. And I’m writing it down so I remember it.

  9. You have really penned it down well … keep writing haiku … you write fun 🙂

  10. Beautiful. Especially love this line:
    “piercing the darkness”
    and this nod to your muse:
    “Out of the silence
    she comes, hoping to charm me
    and lead me astray.”

  11. This is a great set, wonderful wordling. But I didn’t understand this one:
    Shun electric wire.
    You will not explode without
    a television.

    This implies that I will explode if I watch TV! Is that what you meant?

  12. I enjoy these so much, and this time round I’m caught up by ‘fever’ and ‘brittle’ verses.

  13. MMT, nice collection and I especially like the television one.

    Pamela

  14. I really enjoy your haiku referencing writing. I have been playing with combining short forms; haiku and Elfje on my short form (WP) site. I have a page on my blogger site now devoted to this story. I’ve put most of Archeron in Chapter 4 – I think if you have not read the piece entitled ‘Nuts and Bolts’ that you would enjoy it, because it addresses your comments on today’s piece ‘A Brief Look Back.’

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. You remind me that while we love our heroes, they must have cunning enemies or there would be little for us to enjoy when we watch them battle.

  15. You really are a master of the haiku… my favorite

    Little words that come
    begging on an evening breeze—
    invite them to stay.

  16. Very interesting, some of these really resonate with me.

  17. Beautiful!! I love how the first 4 sound like a writer’s creed.

  18. A fantastic collection of haikus! Enjoyed every one 🙂

  19. There are deep truths in all your words, but I find these to be the most powerful and insightful:

    What comes from silence
    is sometimes brittle, broken
    and beyond repair.

    A place to sit down
    and let the fever subside—
    this is all I ask.

    Make the best you can
    of unbearable moments—
    your journey goes on.

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