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Through tears and patience
the prophets gently warn us
of the wrath to come.
~~ ~~ ~~
three holy women
gazing with sublime intent—
the moment passes
~~ ~~ ~~
the puzzle pieces
fly savagely through the air—
her avenging hand
~~ ~~ ~~
stealing a stale loaf—
the discipline of hunger
driving Jean Valjean
~~ ~~ ~~
eighty-year limits—
nothing heroic about
protesting hip joints

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Poetry Pantry #138
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 97


Posted on February 24, 2013, in senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Nice range of actions and reactions.

  2. Goodness, quite a tour of topics! Nicely done.

  3. Yes, enjoyed the spectrum 🙂

  4. Some strong ones this morning. The first one has a harsh tone. (the wrath to come). Second one (ah, the moments always do pass, don’t they?) The third one (hunger IS a strong motivator for sure). The fourth one (I feel pain within these lines). Good to see you in Poetry Pantry.

  5. Had to seek out the reference to Les Mis..never read or seen..but three holy woman..hunger..stale epic drift of verse..

  6. Your words capture and release me to read the next.

  7. Humbled… and in awe of your simplicity and clarity.

  8. Abin Chakraborty

    loved the collage.esp, the combination of Jean Valjean and the three female magi.

  9. Lovely haiku. Should I know Jean Valjean?

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      If you have read Les Miserables, then, yes, you should know Jean Valjean. If not, then, alas, he is a stranger to you! 🙂

  10. hip joints can be troublesome !!!

  11. Each verse is a philosophy/history/literature/religion/psychology lesson minus the fluffy nonsense most professors use to fill out the lecture! Quite amazing!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank you. I don’t believe in fluffy nonsense. Probably why I skipped more than a few lectures in college! 🙂

  12. Great pieces. My favorite;

    three holy women
    gazing with sublime intent—
    the moment passes

  13. Always such a treat to read your haikus. 🙂

  14. wow oh wow
    thank goodness
    you did not ask us to select a favorite haiku !!
    that is all i can say …
    a loaf of bread can spawn
    such a fantastic tale …
    aahhhhh …

    to me
    this line is greatly satisfying —->
    “”the discipline of hunger””

    very tasty,
    that !!

  15. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    You found some good thing to say with those words.

  16. Protesting hip joints are a pain but when all the other ills gang up on you it’s endless war. A great set of haiku.

  17. I always enjoy your offerings. You always find an unusual or unexpected way to paint your vignettes. They are charming.

  18. A glimspe into a whirlwind of thoughts!! 🙂

  19. The discipline of hunger… I pondered the meaning of these three words for some time after reading your homage to Les Mis. I love it when I am prompted to really consider. Thank you!

  20. this time
    you do not write
    of joy

    My two oldest grandsons were recently in a community theater production of Les Miz. They had a variety of supporting rolls, from the chain gang at the beginning to students and rebels later on. The leads were amazingly talented and the production was excellent. It was really hard seeing them die at the barricade, though.


  21. The puzzle pieces – I really like that one. But then all of life is one big puzzle.
    Thanks as always for your visit.

  22. And yet when we figure out just a few of the pieces – life can become a picture painted worth pursuing.

  23. superbly done! I wonder if prophets or modern time have spoken within my hearing. Poor Jean Valjean, a travesty…

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Aren’t the prophets always speaking through Scripture?

    • That is certainly where they are recorded. But…they did speak to the people, right? So you think that God is no longer sending messages to us? Think about the visions appearing at Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje- all in recent times. I’m just saying that it’s possible, and also possible that I might not see or hear the message clearly.
      BTW, I meant ‘of modern times’, not ‘or’.

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