Whirling with Basho

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Each haiku or senryu begins with a phrase gleaned from Basho: The Complete Haiku.

~~ 1 ~~
gazing at buckwheat
seven crows collaborate
on a thieving plan
~~ 2 ~~
a singing skylark—
I listen without breathing
to the joyful sound
~~ 3 ~~
the melon flower
after the children throw stones
who will care for it
~~ 4 ~~
a year of troubles
lived without compromising
her integrity
~~ 5 ~~
Are you the butterfly
that will serve to guide my steps
on the long journey?
~~ 6 ~~
the source of sadness
in their small community—
receding river
~~ 7 ~~
a white azalea
blooming in a state of grace—
my neighbor’s garden
~~ 8 ~~
the muddy melon
they chat about its sweetness
in the market stall
~~ 9 ~~
to admire the wind
she must have had no contact
with it since childhood
~~ 10 ~~
by winter showers
decades of matrimony
washing down the street
~~ 11 ~~
a vendor of greens—
concerns about the collards
make for sleepless nights
~~ 12 ~~
souvenir paintings
no time to buy one before
the next train departs

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #216
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 176

Posted on August 31, 2014, in 5-7-5, Basho, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Certainly No 2 the singing skylark is the most beautiful if you have heard one.

  2. What a journey..at once it seems rushed but also taken over a long period of time..even long enough for that melon to have grown..

  3. Beautiful set – each one so lovely. #5 stood out to me.

  4. Love #10 – layers and humor. Thanks.

  5. I love them all…#6 about he butterfly caught my eye, I remembered those days, and the thoughts of butterflies…the days recede, at first I only remembered each detailed second, now it is better, only sometimes I am overwhelmed, facing what I could not face then. Thank you for the beautiful collection of words and thoughts.

  6. if the buckwheat were oilfields we would know who the seven crows were…nice set..

  7. There is always such depth to ponder in your poems, this time even more so. I especially admire the singing skylark, and the year lived without compromising her integrity. Wowzers! That is a feat!

  8. My favorite is four. I love eight and ten. Like the all, a lot.

  9. I enjoy your words and images to go along with them. I nominated you for an award. http://apoetryjourney.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/one-lovely-blog-award/

  10. #2 and #9 stood out for me, but i also enjoyed their place in this walk I took with you.

  11. Ah, there is nothing like a sweet melon, even though muddy!

  12. I wish I had the time to comment on the emotions and I images evoked by your words. Alas my journey , at the moment , is rocky. Thank God for the butterfly– and your poetry!

  13. A great set. I especially like the last. We always rush.

  14. No. 9 really stood out for me. All of them are wonderfully done.

  15. Are you the butterfly
    that will serve to guide my steps
    on the long journey?

    this stanza (haiku) made me spread my wings and soar into the air as I visualized it’s imagery. I love your haiku’s very much, keep them coming!!!


  16. Sometime you push it beyond understanding, other times you pierce our mind for acceptance. Awesome writer, you are 🙂

  17. 1 & 2 are my favorite. And rest just have beautiful images in them.

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