Whirling with Fay

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Each haiku begins with a phrase shamelessly purloined from various haiku in Fay Aoyagi’s In Borrowed Shoes.
 
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
Hole in my sweater—
the shopping list I scribbled
slips between loose threads.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
shadow with no name
in a channel of the shelf
holding holy books
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
snip of the scissors—
her seven-years-long ennui
resisting the cut
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
A custody case
condemns their children to death
by separation.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
day for flying kites—
an inky one soars higher
than all the others
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
heat of the stone wall
still warming the lone fly’s wings
long after day’s end
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
first dandelions
and the smell of fresh-mown grass—
snow-day memories
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
For the butterfly
a single open blossom
will suffice for lunch.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
A praying mantis—
will he soon capitulate
to the bumblebee?
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
Red quince blooming—
further delay makes no sense
to the hungry bee.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
Morning glory seeds—
one of them will generate
a thousand blossoms.
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a story inside
to render children speechless—
pomegranate seed

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #234
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 195

Posted on January 11, 2015, in 5-7-5, Fay Aoyagi, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. A lot of work here, I suspect.

  2. Such a mixing pot of hope and hopelessness…i am rooting for those pomegranate seeds..butterflies and dandelions..they have to help right 😉

  3. Nature didn’t have all its own way this week with cuts, custody and kites making an appearance. Have you been visiting town MMT?

  4. I love the idea of a butterfly having a flower for lunch! But it was ~~4~~ which struck a chord (or discord) with me.

  5. I always seem to lose my shopping list, but the fact of having written it seems to fix it in the brain.

  6. Each piece so thoughtful! Love so many…could get lost in snow memories….

  7. So many little stones – yet the butterfly’s lunch is exquisite for me.

  8. Wonderful glimpses and nuggets of beauty, as always. Rich reading for a Sunday morning. Blessings!

  9. Full circle, spring springs so that the shoipping list is the story in the pomogranite seed. My favorite is #2.

  10. always enjoy my visit here… full of delightful insight.

  11. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    As always, I enjoy these. They show me the world in a new way.

  12. Love the imagery of the praying mantis and the bumblebee 🙂

  13. Very nice set. I love the summer imagery for this cold week.

  14. This is so creative how you do this–I might want to give it a try sometime.

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