Whirling with Bram Stoker


Dublin, from which I have just returned, is a UNESCO City of Literature. The first line of each haiku or senryu below is taken from Chapter 1 of Dracula by Bram Stoker, one of Dublin’s enduring writers.

Flask of slivovitz—
the drunk old farmer stumbles
to the harvest field.
~~ ~~ ~~
My horses are swift,
diminishing the distance
between here and there.
~~ ~~ ~~
Nearly a foot wide,
the ditch beside the footpath
swallows up the night.
~~ ~~ ~~
The flash of our lamps
breaks a path through the darkness,
step by step by step.
~~ ~~ ~~
A chorus of screams
greet us at the palace gates—
we flee in terror.
~~ ~~ ~~
There were petticoats
littering room after room—
tattered, torn and red.
~~ ~~ ~~
Are many odd things
the sign of a mind that bends
and goes its own way?
~~ ~~ ~~
An elderly man,
taking painful steps and slow,
sings to sidewalk worms.
~~ ~~ ~~
The sign of the cross—
a burden she bears gladly,
although her heart strays.
~~ ~~ ~~
With a kindly word,
her virtue blossoms fully,
then bears tart, wild fruit.
~~ ~~ ~~
After the winter,
she cherishes one small wish—
to see wild plums bloom.
~~ ~~ ~~
An old tradition—
scribbling poetry in sand,
then erasing it.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Poetry Pantry #132
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 91

Posted on January 13, 2013, in haiku, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. nice… I especially like 5, 8, 12

  2. Cheers… make mine a slivovitz… the only word you can pronounce correctly when drunk 😀

  3. Oh my goodness, I love the discipline of haikus. This is a brilliant way to whirl the words. Well done. 🙂

  4. I’ve missed you. glad you and your haiku are in my life again. Love the creativity of the kick-off lines coming from another source, something I know you do, but which I have finally written down to try!

    Love the final one — love them all — but it most.

  5. Yes, I too have missed you! These are terrifying and terrific! 🙂

  6. These are magnificent.


  7. Like all of them, but definitely love the last one. Always enjoy seeing you here and reading whatever you put together. It’s always filled with bright and wonderful surprises,



  8. The petticoat piece sits like a pit in my stomach. Strong write. All of them.

  9. “Are many odd things
    the sign of a mind that bends”
    Ahh so true, lovely imagery throughout

  10. I especially like the last one….scribbling poetry in sand and the erasing it. That resonates with me. Enjoyed all of them though. Always glad to see you participate in Poetry Pantry! Smiles.

  11. It’s been quite a while since you have given us all these haiku wordles – a nice surprise.I particularly love the old man singing to the worms.

  12. Abin Chakraborty

    very cleverly done.the burden of weaving Stoker’s lines into the poem is overcome effortlessly. superb stuff.

  13. So many lovely thoughts here – anticipating the wild plums is especially evocative, as is the elderly man singing to sidewalk worms. I always love your unique vision.

  14. Splendid – I assume it was more fun to write than read on the way back. I love the idea.

  15. What fun to breeze through so many Haiku and getting one clear picture in each. Nicely and uniquely done.

  16. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    Intriguing use of the words..

  17. loved all of them, but #7 and 12 are my favorites today.. and slivovitz – had to go look that up..(though the context does make it clear)

  18. Wonderful as always, MMT. Who would have thought “Bram Stroker” could have been used for haiku. I hope your trip was good, which I imagine it was.


  19. MMT, you never cease to amaze me. Always loved your “concept” but your words even more so; they rise above it all.

  20. Ohhhh. This line, in particular, will stick with me:
    “breaks a path through the darkness”

  21. Always a delight to read your haiku/senryu. And I love Dracula – always been a favorite of mine. I love what you did with “The sign of the cross-“.


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