Whirling All Over

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~~ 1 ~~
over the yogurt
she lays a piece of muslin
to keep flies at bay
~~ 2 ~~
seven flavors of
manufactured excuses
dripping from her tongue
~~ 3 ~~
tonight’s harvest moon
on this side of the river—
such a tiny coin
~~ 4 ~~
geese in the millions
drowning the eastern flyway
with their plaintive honks
~~ 5 ~~
an ancient pilgrim
forgetting her arthritis
on the sacred hike
~~ 6 ~~
feathers of brown birds
shot from black cannons at dawn—
how the West was won
~~ 7 ~~
perhaps the turtle
making low sounds in its throat
thinks dogs will cower
~~ 8 ~~
The storytellers
make room for one another,
using fragrant words.
~~ 9 ~~
writing a letter
with lackluster paragraphs—
the same dusty words
~~ 10 ~~
In his own country
no one honors the prophet—
even ravens mock.
~~ 11 ~~
One cry from the crow
beguiles the lunar eclipse
into shrinking back.
~~ 12 ~~
Cheeky ones go pale
whenever Jesus appears,
circumcising hearts.

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #209
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 169

Posted on July 13, 2014, in 5-7-5, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. From such a simple, gentle act such profound thought stumbles onto Jesus – epic piece Magical! Phew..need me a cup of tea now

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      May the cuppa revive you! 😉

      On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 6:23 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. #3 is my favourite, have a nice Sunday

    much love…

  3. I started reading and thought at first it was just ‘nice’. Then with number #2 you have ‘seven flavors of manufactured excuses’ and it just got better from there until the grand end with Jesus circumcising hearts. Great work!

  4. These are marvellous.The last one had me a little puzzled re the circumcision of hearts….I think even Jesus might have difficulty with that one:)

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      St. Paul, apparently, did not have any problem with circumcising hearts. You can see his take on the matter in Romans 2:29.

      On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 8:01 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. I resonate with the ancient pilgrim forgetting her arthritis on the sacred hike!

  6. great visuals in many of them…

  7. I love number 7. Such a great image.

  8. I love that second one!

  9. Curiously No.6 was the most poignant and showed me the systematic destruction of the native Indian population. Perhaps the land where you live speaks to you.

  10. #7 seems to be what often are mistakes of those who may be weak. They try to fight but lack the arsenal! Wonderful write MMT!


  11. I have to go with num!ber 3 as well…always the best haiku found here.

  12. Quite a collection of fragments, making an intriguing whole.

  13. You wowed me … fantastic how one flowed into another!

  14. Such a thoughtful write, i liked specially the second and fifth ones!

  15. These were all wonderful, but I really loved #12 and I’ve been feeling like # 5 lately.

  16. mmt, I don’t even know where to begin, they were all beautiful. Really nice.


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