Whirling with ‘The Roosevelts’

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Each vignette begins with a phrase culled from Episode 5 of “The Roosevelts,” a PBS production by Ken Burns.

~~ 1 ~~
in the evening light
their faces suffused with joy
from the vin rosé
~~ 2 ~~
along the main street
one with no identity
stumbling block by block
~~ 3 ~~
ramshackle houses—
brittle sticks and broken glass
swaying in the wind
~~ 4 ~~
spread out on the floor
cold ashes from the fireplace—
wise ones heed the signs
~~ 5 ~~
Along the back roads
she hopes to pick a posy
for the one she loves.
~~ 6 ~~
no longer willing
to set aside discernment—
the terrified monk
~~ 7 ~~
in its suffering
the nation offering youth
to the flames of war
~~ 8 ~~
a soft leather glove
filled with a hand without fear—
scarecrow in the corn
~~ 9 ~~
chalk on a boxcar
denoting lot of tractors
bound for South Sudan
~~ 10 ~~
preachers and teachers
selfless servants of the race
still they go astray
~~ 11 ~~
To finish the job
they polarize the nation
into warring camps.
~~ 12 ~~
Immortal Dante,
how you love to guide us still
through the inferno.

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #220
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 180

Posted on September 28, 2014, in 5-7-5, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Three are few laughs and tears and this selection.

  2. It does seem rather never ending…but still humanity remains on the back roads picking posy’s for the ones they love

  3. A mixed salad of themes: interesting. I also chose to do senryu today for once.

  4. Interesting. My mother who is 86 watched that Roosevelt series with great enthusiasm, brought back memories of her childhood I guess. (I’m not high-class enough to be a PBS watcher myself.)

    Of the poems, I think I liked #5 the best. Anyway, it spoke to me, more so than the others. Good poetic work.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      The only reason I got involved with the Roosevelt series is because my dad was an avid supporter of FDR. I have no TV. I’ve been watching the series online, and decided to “whirl” with one of the segments. Thanks for your comments.

      On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 4:39 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. … and how you have guided us through the fires of fear and love

  6. …right on,as usual 🙂

  7. I do hope she finds her posy on the backroads…what a wonderful gift. And yes, teachers and preachers sometimes do go astray….unfortunately, I guess we should not be surprised, as each is human.

  8. just WOW!!!
    have a happy Sunday
    much love…

  9. Something so sweet about the scarecrow in the corn…don’t see them often anymore. And I like the reading of the ashes….wise one.

  10. The Roosevelt series was very poignant in words and images…and I relived those incredible images of that episode through your words

  11. Each one with such a profound impact – especially feeding youth into the flames of war. Sigh. Powerful writing, my friend!

  12. Ok, now I must go watch the series.

  13. Hey there! once again, you’ve won me over! keep this up, i really love your haiku’s. #truestory…

  14. I enjoyed the Roosevelt films with my 90 year old parents. I think they would enjoy your Haiku and how it takes in the Depression and WW11.. My favorite is #8.

  15. always a treat to read what you offer.

  16. you’ve included so many amazing details…i’m almost overwhelmed.

    really enjoyed this one!

    stacy lynn mar
    this is wonderful. reminded me of walking across my old college campus, watching life and fall unfold together.

    stacy lynn mar

  17. hm, i’m not sure how blogger did that….but it combined a comment i wrote someone else, then the one i wrote you. haha…so weird. but…the first part was for your poem. 🙂

  18. Nice collection, mmt, # 12 kind of slapped me in the face, considering all that is going on in the world. So true.


  19. Great set, I love the way you treated The Depression and WWII. I can feel the events mentioned.

  20. A lovely treasure chest of haiku … but tell me about the title the “Roosevelts”, I’m thinking it has nothing to do with the presidents, right?

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      It has everything to do with the presidents. PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) in the U.S. produced a seven-part series about Franklin, Eleanor and Theodore. It is excellent! I learned so much by watching it.

      On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 5:52 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


      • Ah! Cool, I had no reference point as hadn’t seen the series living outside the U.S. … will see if I can find it in streaming … Thanks for the info!

  21. Oh my goodness–this packs an excellent wallop!!

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