Whirling On

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Each haiku begins with a Wordle word.

~~ 1 ~~
Maybe a raven
knows more about nasturtiums
than ever I will.
~~ 2 ~~
miles beyond this place
thirty or forty or more
a ruined garden
~~ 3 ~~
words lost long ago
under bison bones bleaching
on Kansas prairies
~~ 4 ~~
scorch marks on his shirt—
first signs of her defiance
of his tyranny
~~ 5 ~~
chime and tambourine
and incense in the temple—
bridges between worlds
~~ 6 ~~
trite conversation
over day-old glazed doughnuts
at the sad café
~~ 7 ~~
spell of cold weather—
taking out of the closet
her wool kimono
~~ 8 ~~
land covered with snow—
corn hidden from hungry geese
and foraging mice
~~ 9 ~~
spirit of the quilt
wrapping her in dreams of peace
though she sleeps alone
~~ 10 ~~
aim of the hunter
sighting a mandarin duck—
how his bow trembles
~~ 11 ~~
mind of the pilgrim
distracted by the bedbugs
in the wayside inn
~~ 12 ~~
sign of good fortune
the year’s first calligraphy
brushed in crimson ink

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #236
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 196

Posted on January 25, 2015, in 5-7-5, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I loved her burning his shirts with her iron in No 4 and the pilgrim’s faith being truly tested by the bed bugs in No 11.

  2. It sounds like harsh world and yet there are flashes of comfort..the wool kimono and looking out the window..i guess we all survey our own landscapes…assess what lies out there

  3. Some good ones. The one about scorch marks on the shirt made me smile.


  4. There are many good ones.. The bedbugs (what a perfect kigo) and the quiver of the bow —

  5. There are hard testing times but also a silver lining at the end. Wonderful write MMT!


  6. dido on the bedbug… to think there where a thing of the past…

  7. Wonderful set of evocative haikus here. My favourites are 3, 8, 10, 11 & 12… really like the images you produced from these selection… well done!

  8. Such vivid imagery you get with so few words. Like them all but especially the quilt that wraps her in peace…I have something similar.


  9. 3 is my favourite, i like the intimation of the written word unearthing the past, fleshing it into the present

    have a nice Sunday

    much love…

  10. Oh those words lost long ago under bison bones……..I smiled at the scorch mark rebellion. Been there……and oh that poor pilgrim!!!!!!

  11. #5 is my favourite, mmt. Always a lovely collection.


  12. Wonderful verses….I love the ruined garden…I immediately want directions to find it and spend hours exploring it….

  13. A lot of excellently written haikus, and a nice read.

  14. number 9 is very relaxing and soothing. i like the story here.

    number 7 gives me images of japan where ladies don kimonos during winter

  15. Where do I start? They are ALL really good so I can’t single one out this week!

  16. loved the metaphor of crimson ink

  17. I get such a sense of feeding off the lost! My favorite this week is the first, measuring the knowledge of a Raven or a human witness.

  18. These are great! 4 & 6 made me smile.

  19. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    I love all of these and am amazed by the inventiveness in where you took each word.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thanks so much, Rosemary. I think I’m a little amazed too! (Sometimes words just have their own way with the writer, don’t they?)

      On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  20. The bringing the shirt was my favorite in this set. Well written.

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