Whirling with Robinson Jeffers


The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from “Hurt Hawks” by Robinson Jeffers.

Wild God of the world,
I have vowed to worship you—
do not tame my heart.
~~ ~~ ~~
You do not know him,
for if you did, you would flee—
or become a stone.
~~ ~~ ~~
The week of waiting
will provide new excuses
for my lack of faith.
~~ ~~ ~~
To the arrogant,
nothing breeds success like shifts
in what they believe.
~~ ~~ ~~
The curs of the day
have joined together to sneer
at all things holy.
~~ ~~ ~~
The flooded river
bears witness to the thunder
that foretold the rain.
~~ ~~ ~~
The hawk remembers
deeper things than finch or wren—
talon’s razor curve.
~~ ~~ ~~
Under the oak bush
lies a tattered umbrella,
nest for seven mice.
~~ ~~ ~~
Sometimes merciful
is the journey through childhood,
ofttimes merciless.
~~ ~~ ~~
The terrible eyes
of those who stand before me
bore into my soul.
~~ ~~ ~~
Come and torment him,
the one who dwells in darkness,
with your spears of light.
~~ ~~ ~~
Men that are dying
have no need to inherit—
they’ve emptied the cup.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 78
More The Poetry Pantry #119

Posted on October 14, 2012, in haiku, Robinson Jeffers, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. These are incredible! Definitely what I needed to read before heading off to church. I will be back to comment more later.

  2. I especially like:

    Come and torment him,
    the one who dwells in darkness,
    with your spears of light.

  3. {{ “”do not tame my heart””

    such a useful prayer
    for us all… }}

  4. The one on the hawk is vibrant in image and your last is poignant with meaning…very good ALL of them…so much thought has gone into these, I can tell. Great work!!

  5. I have long admired your whirling haiku, but these are a shade darker and deeper with meaning. Right from the opening lines to the closing ones. Together they are potent and read like ancient pages of wisdom hard won and ringing with truth. Thank you,


  6. The last one is my favorite, for its deep yet practical truth.

  7. Again I enjoyed each one! Each better than the one before!

  8. I can clearly imagine nesting mice…as I believe I have voles in the umbrellas of ivy in my gardens.

    The eyes boring into one’s soul reminds me of anyone who was in danger and has been rescued. But still have lingering fears.

    The voice I was thinking of was perhaps a young soloist of a children’s choir. One that leaves the audience in awe – knowing that once grown the voice be a magical memory.
    Thanks for stopping by… 🙂

  9. 1,2,4,6 and the last two…amazing.

  10. interesting way to do the challenge, and great Haiku/Senryu! thanks for sharing ~

  11. Just came home from church! These all really resonate. Nice wordling.

  12. Excellent spill of words!
    This one is my favorite:
    “You do not know him,
    for if you did, you would flee—
    or become a stone.”

  13. Each of them contains a nugget of deep wisdom. Really beautiful work!!! Thanks for sharing in the pantry – it’s a feast in here, today!

  14. The first through third really struck me. Wonderful.

  15. Like proverbs. Very cool.

  16. so glad I read these today
    you always entertain and educate

  17. Wow! These are really good, solid. Aren’t the words great this week?

  18. I read this earlier and it stayed with me all afternoon as I hiked. They are still powerful upon reread. Thank you for sharing!

  19. great write and collection

  20. Great set of words…!

  21. as deep wells… proverbs float thru time…. thought provoking!! each one!!

  22. Goodness, are stunning. The one on mercy ties nicely into your comment on my page. (how suffocating mercy can be). Sometimes merciful is the journey through childhood,
    ofttimes merciless Nearly every one of these seems to be grasping at something just out of reach and bring it home. Wonderful.

  23. You have selected my favorite poem! Thank you.

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