Whirling with Bob Atkinson

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The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from “The Poet as a Politician” by Arizona poet Bob Atkinson.

that murky water
settling in darker places
where we dare not swim
~~ ~~ ~~
By weeping mothers
the name of the street is changed—
~~ ~~ ~~
In spite of our way,
we are able to create
music that God sings.
~~ ~~ ~~
A blanket woven
from worn words and wren feathers
warms the old woman.
~~ ~~ ~~
In other places
the calls to die come daily—
here we stop our ears.
~~ ~~ ~~
Primitive demon,
I would have you change my mind—
train me in your ways!
~~ ~~ ~~
We love each other,
even though March winds chill us,
causing us to faint.
~~ ~~ ~~
Truths devised our dream—
now we share that dream with you,
~~ ~~ ~~
I like this writing—
it can stretch the galaxy
to admit our souls.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on March 16, 2013, in Bob Atkinson, haiku, Post Your Poems Day, senryu, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl, We Write Poems and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I like this writing too 😀

  2. Good job! You used train as a verb, not a noun.

  3. I loved the blanket piece with the abundance of W’s.

  4. Consistent wordling, as ever. I too like the warm blanket one the best.

  5. Is the second one a reference to the Spanish Civil War…? I just got an image of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ as I read it…

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Actually, with the recent papal election, I was thinking of the “disappeared ones” in Argentina.

  6. I like all, but I love the final one 🙂
    Great words, as usual, Magical

  7. it can stretch the galaxy..what a wonderful thought..each verse a process leading to something magical..

  8. I like the first one the best. What an intriguing use of the wordle. Using the prompts this way gives many opportunities to play with the words. Thanks for this.

  9. Many thoughts to ponder here. I especially like the one about creating music. And of course the ‘blanket’ verse is very pleasing as it comes off the tongue.

  10. Another beautiful set of haiku today! Thanks for sharing with us in the Poetry Pantry. I like especially the one that Mario/PhotoDiction liked:

    In spite of our way,
    we are able to create
    music that God sings.

  11. Nice… 3 and 4 are my favs this week.

  12. Just spent some time looking at ALL you write each day…
    astounding work…the blanket poem is so beautiful,
    that one especially will haunt me ♥

  13. music that God sings… I think God sings through your work each week. Beautiful. I am grateful for your work at the Whirl.

  14. I hate picking favorites because everything you write is so thoughtful and evocative. But, I do agree with Brenda that I hear God singing in your words each week, and that makes me want to sing along. Thank you,


  15. Amazing! I especially love the part about the blanket for the old woman ‘woven with worn words and wren’s feathers’ WOW

  16. Abin Chakraborty

    the final vision of the expanding galaxy of souls was most memorable.wonderful write.

  17. Lovely collection, mmt. My fav is the woven blanket.


  18. “it can stretch the galaxy to admit our souls”. Wowzers, you just keep writing these amazingly deep observations…….I so enjoy them.

  19. What a powerful sequence, each stands alone and yet, I feel that I am reading it in the right week of world change. I most identify with being the old lady under the blanket of feathers contributed by the little birds. I hope the Pope is of God despite all, that the USA leaves its weapons at home.

  20. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    You do this so well!

  21. …we are able to create music that God sings… Oh, how I love that line!

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