Grotesqueries: Take Three

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Each grotesquerie begins with a phrase purloined from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist who died 17 April 2014.

~~ 1 ~~
dusty iguana
without a squeak advancing
on a hapless fly
~~ 2 ~~
wind from the graveyard
a treat for ghouls and goblins
how their nostrils twitch
~~ 3 ~~
Leave the whitewashed walls
to mate with floor and ceiling—
reproductive rights.
~~ 4 ~~
To play the zither
you need the skill of David,
the patience of Job.
~~ 5 ~~
With a gardenia
perfuming the kitchen’s pores,
all the saucers smile.
~~ 6 ~~
in his burning bed
a moth begins to flutter—
messenger of grace
~~ 7 ~~
the holy scriptures
where gods are meeting mortals
on unleveled fields
~~ 8 ~~
fabulous nightmare
according to the report
written in shorthand
~~ 9 ~~
jugglers with six arms
losing face when they fumble
and the balls go down
~~ 10 ~~
covered by strange maps
of fantastical places—
north wall of her room
~~ 11 ~~
at the desk scribbling
the old woman’s rueful laugh—
all her unpaid bills
~~ 12 ~~
In the sewing shop
the owner takes a survey
of the mannequins.
~~ 13 ~~
More baskets of bread
are stuck in Danish doorways
than in London lanes.
~~ 14 ~~
preaching in Latin
to pigeons in the town square—
gibbering old priest

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #203
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 162

Posted on May 25, 2014, in 5-7-5, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Lovely haikus and all are very entertainig.

  2. What a jump and touring a medieval cathedral..where your living room is inside! Surreal and fantastic as ever..a magic carpet ride

  3. You’re a haiku machine! 🙂

  4. Such a brilliant idea, taking words from hundred years of solitude and the wordles. These are all gems for sure, but the total impression is even larger .. I smile like a saucer.

  5. Food for thought – especially 13!

  6. you juggled well, not a single ball went down…. 🙂

  7. A glorious grouping of delights in here! I especially love the twitching nostrils and the smiling saucers!

  8. scotthastiepoet

    Hiya I especially enjoyed No1. – perfect! With Best Wishes Scott

  9. You delivered again. 🙂 My favorite is number 11.

  10. More baskets of bread
    are stuck in Danish doorways
    than in London lanes.

    How eating habits would not likely change much. Good observation and great haiku set MMT!


  11. Everyone would expect better of the juggler with six arms whilst the old priest was probably pleased with his flock.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Astute observations! 😉

      On Sun, May 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. My favorite is #4! Very clever. A nice set once again.

  13. Hmmm.. Which one did I like?
    All, of course!
    But 3rd refuses to go from my mind!

  14. I’m glad someone can laugh about unpaid bills.

  15. I thin 10,11,12 are my favorites in this set. I also think 10, and 11 could start stories!
    Thanks for your visit. 🙂

  16. i love all the directions you take me! Ah….the maps on the north wall….

  17. The first and last ones made me smile, especially.
    And those maps…

  18. These are all so very good, mmt. I can’t decide on a favourite. They reminded me of Mexico.


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Mexico is rather like what I’ve written, isn’t it? 😉

      On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  19. A lovely series of haiku imagery…a great story!

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