Seeking One Ripe Plum

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~~ 1 ~~
Seeking one ripe plum,
I approach the laden tree
with a grateful heart.
~~ 2 ~~
seeking one ripe plum
behind the blue pantry door—
no one has a key
~~ 3 ~~
Seeking one ripe plum
to split among my children—
each will taste a slice.
~~ 4 ~~
seeking one ripe plum
to the east of the grain field—
three crows menace me
~~ 5 ~~
seeking one ripe plum
to give to the single mom
in Apartment 3
~~ 6 ~~
Seeking one ripe plum
I scratch my head in wonder
before the gnarled tree.
~~ 7 ~~
seeking one ripe plum—
depending on the moon’s phase
I might find seven
~~ 8 ~~
seeking one ripe plum
while the player piano
rolls out tinkly tunes
~~ 9 ~~
seeking one ripe plum
for the youngest of my sons—
his birthday present
~~ 10 ~~
Seeking one ripe plum—
the glint in her eye tells me
she’ll split the bounty.
~~ 11 ~~
seeking one ripe plum
on a level garden path
wingless butterfly
~~ 12 ~~
seeking one ripe plum
while spiders attach their webs
to my eyes and ears

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on June 29, 2014, in 5-7-5, Sunday Scribblings 2, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. This is so perfect. Like a complete poem with those repetitions – I would go so far as saying that you have invented a new form. It has the strength of a Villanelle but rooted in the haiku tradition.

  2. LOVE! perfect. A blackbird of an absent plum of a poem. Thank you.

  3. Every one a plum MMT 😉

  4. They are elusive those plums…maybe that’s what makes them so special to pass along – 5 is my favourite this week

  5. The repeating format adds interest to the wordle words.

  6. Curiously what comes across with all of these is a memory of a simpler life, where small things are appreciated and help is freely given to others. Just one ripe plum but a wealth of friendship.

  7. A beautiful set. I do like the idea of gratitude when I read the first one. We seek only one (plum or anything) and we find we have many, many more than we need. This Sunday I am grateful.

  8. Interesting that your pieces are so full of color, even though you don’t mentions their names too often….(1)plums=red violet, laden tree= perhaps red and green,(2) red violet=blue door and gold=key, (4) red violet, gold, and black,(6) red violet, gnarled tree=green and maybe brown, red violet, the dark blue of the nighttime sky, and the silver of the moon and on and on…..

  9. Love it! All of them!!!

  10. Enjoyed the repeating first line because in my mind, it became one long piece. You amazed me again.

  11. Perfect! Wonderful! Well written!

  12. what a wonderful and lovely take. this gave me a true appreciation of the richness of ‘a plum’. always have loved them. gracias

  13. This is great! I especially liked number 5. I am a *very* new teacher and planning to try out haiku on Wednesday with my students… so this was inspiring 🙂

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Good luck with the haiku. A word of caution: Everything written in 5-7-5 format is not necessarily haiku!

  14. I LOVE this series of plum poems, and all of the potential recipients. Very cool.

  15. Brilliant! Enough plums for a pudding there!

  16. Beautifully done! The second one is my favorite.

  17. Again, I have no favorite. The whole of it speaks deeply of a wise, accepting, and generous spirit. The plum is perfect because its deep purple color speaks to personal power, and you wield it wisely and well. You have created a deep purple path that I hope many will follow,


  18. scotthastiepoet

    Sparkly and inventive work – glad I dropped by again… With Best Wishes Scott

  19. You’re done so much delicious verses with that one plum, you are amazing, have a nice Sunday

    Much love…

  20. Haha, the last one – winner…for me ~ sounds like a proverb!

  21. This is so creative. I like the gratitude, the attitude of giving and sharing in this. The last one baffled me a bit, but guess we all seek a ripe plum when a web shades our eyes and closes our ears. Very well done!

  22. Wow!!! this was a masterpiece. really loved the consistency of the 5-7-5 structure. I enjoyed this, thanks!!!

  23. Very good, I did have a chuckle with 3. First read, I thought you wrote spit instead of split. Must be my old age catching up with me.

  24. I REALLY enjoyed this piece. It’s very enigmatic in its simplicity.

  25. Such a lovely tale of plums!

    seeking one ripe plum
    mystical teacher inspired
    his greatful readers

    😉 Bastet

  26. Ah…..I’m never disappointed when I visit you, the ‘mast-ress.’ And you have managed to honor not one but two poets and do them both justice! Bravo, teacher. Now i’m going to the store for some ripe plums!

  27. As always I love your interconnected haiku. I find myself seeking one ripe plum, except it would be for me a nectarines! Great work!

  28. I love the use of the plum in each one, mmt. Very nice each one.


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