One More Whirl with Basho

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


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
the lingering moon
tests my patience this evening—
my room is too small
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in a rice paddy
your words coming to fullness
with the harvest moon
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
fading temple bell
the seeker’s anxiety
slips into silence
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
the smell of young grass
untainted by blood and gore
this April morning
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
four gates and four sects
one of them the hospital
at the ocean’s edge
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
to the wooden clogs
in the center of the court
setting up a shrine
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
still served with flowers
rosettes of orange Jell-O
blooming in my bowl
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
how pleasurable
holding three words on my tongue
until they mingle
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the lay-monk’s thinness—
we know he won’t be with us
after the first frost
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
snow-covered mountains
sharing a meal together
fifty miles away
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
first wintry shower—
fluff from shattered milkweed pods
drifting from the north
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
an early winter
beggars pester passersby
for a few spare coins

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #218
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 178

Posted on September 14, 2014, in 5-7-5, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. I love haikus… so artless and yet to breathtaking. These are excellent.

  2. Great haiku set MMT!

    Hank

  3. I loved each one…especially the one about he milk-weed, first wintery shower.

  4. I clicked on me, wanted to add something…it is not me. Somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com

  5. #10
    and the lay-monk, too. But especially the mountain-meal.

  6. This is the one I like the best:
    “still served with flowers
    rosettes of orange Jell-O
    blooming in my bowl”

    Jell-o. Now that’s bringing haiku into our reality today. Great job.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I wasn’t even sure I wanted to deal with Jell-O, but there it is! Thank you!

      On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 7:12 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  7. One of the best series …My mind rolled along until resting full at the end. Bravo!

  8. I love those three words held on the Tongue.they shine like orange jello

  9. You have made good use of all the words! Nicely penned.

  10. Expansiveness and its limits are a repeated motif here. I do have favorites: #4 and #8.

  11. I love them all but the first one remains my favorite because of its whimsy. There’s a lot of wisdom dispersed throughout these. I enjoyed reading them so much.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Wisdom mixed with whimsy—quite a combination! Thanks for stopping by.

      On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  12. There is nothing like No. 8 for the poet!

  13. I always love visiting your blog for these…think this time, number eleven’s my favourite..but as usual, they’re all good.

    http://thepoet-tree-house.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-anxiety-of-indefinite-pain.html

  14. 12 little beauties! Entertaining as ever.

  15. Number 6, thank you. Loved that one.

  16. Add some vodka and freeze and it takes longer to melt 😉

  17. #11 is one I wish I could see more of. We have few milkweeds left around here.

  18. Briliant as usual … loved:

    first wintry shower—
    fluff from shattered milkweed pods
    drifting from the north

    but each held its own magic!

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