An Asian Whirl

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The first line of each haiku or senryu comes from The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama

~~ 1 ~~
A passing woman
stops and orders fresh bean curd
from a street vendor.
~~ 2 ~~
Buddhist temple bells
scare three scrounging alley cats—
these calls to prayer.
~~ 3 ~~
Ask the artisan
how it happens that beauty
falls from her fingers.
~~ 4 ~~
her calligraphy—
the risk she takes for beauty
brushing line by line
~~ 5 ~~
Seeking signs of life,
she will climb the sacred stairs
with fear and trembling.
~~ 6 ~~
the weight of sadness—
this unbearable pressure
on her thin shoulders
~~ 7 ~~
A doll, a trinket—
where shall we hide these strange gifts
from her prying eyes?
~~ 8 ~~
The ivory cat—
might it spring to life one night
at the witching hour?
~~ 9 ~~
Winter solitude—
she hears the icy voices
haunting her at dusk.
~~ 10 ~~
Incense and chanting—
two pilgrims stop to listen,
falling to their knees.
~~ 11 ~~
teacups they drank from—
impossible to clean them,
even with strong soap
~~ 12 ~~
bitter on his tongue—
cigarette smoke enshrouding
all the papillae

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on July 7, 2013, in Carpe Diem, haiku, senryu, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. All are exquisite gems, but my favorite has beauty falling from her fingers. Multi-faceted images…brava!

  2. Wonderful.. each one of them seeks your attention. I loved them all! Great job with the imagery! 🙂

  3. I love #11. Well done on them all though.

  4. Terrific set. My favorite two were:

    the weight of sadness—
    this unbearable pressure
    on her thin shoulders


    teacups they drank from—
    impossible to clean them,
    even with strong soap

  5. Oh these are each one exquisite … Thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. shoulders do feel thinner and thinner when the sadness weighs down on it.

  7. Glad you have them all and each one so perfectly done!! I like the variety of characters and diverse ideas!!

  8. Each week I look at the words and think of you and how you do this. This is the beauty falling from your fingers and I am so grateful that you choose to share it with all of us. Thank you,


  9. #4-6 and 9-10. Love them. Some stunning…touch my heart.

  10. Haunting. Each three lines invites a glimpse of something sacred and mysterious! Thank you for this.Impossible

  11. the best reads of the year…..thanx for sharing these,,,,,

  12. You continue to delight with your selection of such meaningful haiku.

  13. Awesome post mmt. I like this freestyling … you’ve used a nice poem to write your series of haiku.

  14. All wonderful , especially #9

  15. What a wonderful idea, to use the words as you have. I have some Buddhist chants playing in the background, so this definitely crowns the experience.

  16. Your “brush strokes” paints these vignettes exquisitely! Impressive.

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