A Short Whirl with Richard

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The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from Haiku: This Other World by Richard Wright. I’m viewing the Perseid meteor shower as far from city lights as I can get; hence, this short version of The Sunday Whirl.

~~ 1 ~~
Flashing glints of spring
illuminate the river
all the way to Bonn.
~~ 2 ~~
in the dusty woods
three wizened women pounding
acorns into meal
~~ 3 ~~
this path to sleep in
beside the concrete fence posts—
may no horses come
~~ 4 ~~
On a mountain ridge
she draws a simple circle
to protect herself.
~~ 5 ~~
The first ant of spring
comes within striking distance
of the beggar’s hand.
~~ 6 ~~
In the dead man’s room,
they strain to keep on praying
for his soul’s repose.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on August 11, 2013, in haiku, Richard Wright, senryu, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Ah this reads as the beginning of a phantasical tale – lovely 🙂

  2. Amazing haiku and perfect each time!! Have a great time watching those illuminated showers but stay safe from striking distance ;)!!

  3. Don’t know why it’s been so long since I visited. There is such peace here. I love the haikus. What strikes me about these are the imagery! Wonderful. (I was going to tell you my favorites, but then I would re-read and get new favorites, and it just got too complicated. lol)

  4. Wow! this is like an outline to a much more detailed story. I would like to read it.

  5. You never fail to delight with your selection of haiku. The second one was most visually entertaining in my minds eye.

  6. I like the image of the woman on the hill drawing a circle around her.

  7. Love your haiku…second one sounds for me so creepy…

  8. I especially appreciate the last haiku.

  9. Magical haiku, MMT! They flow one into the next, as if part of a wonderful fantasy tale.

  10. Very nice, mmt. Enjoy the show.


  11. Reading these is like stepping into another world, but one drawn in the sharpest, fine line detail. Especially like the woman drawing the circle for protection.


  12. I enjoyed reading each one. Thanks.

  13. haiku, a beautiful form one can never tire of seeing….

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