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~~ 1 ~~
another country
without a single border
touching the Black Sea
~~ 2 ~~
fleece of the black sheep
tossed on the shearing room floor
among the white ones
~~ 3 ~~
Fill the empty cup
with your broken promises
and your hollow words.
~~ 4 ~~
seal beneath the pier
keeping out of the limelight
till the tourists leave
~~ 5 ~~
glass jar of pickles—
summer captured in a quart
for the winter feast
~~ 6 ~~
clown on the corner—
no one pays him any mind
except on Sundays
~~ 7 ~~
wound round her forehead
a crimson strip of muslin
stained with her own blood
~~ 8 ~~
sound of glass breaking
in ten thousand Jewish shops—
Hitler’s thugs at work
~~ 9 ~~
burst of energy
just before the finish line
claiming victory
~~ 10 ~~
tumbleweeds rolling
down deserted avenues
heralds of despair
~~ 11 ~~
~~ 12 ~~

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #238
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 198

Posted on February 8, 2015, in 5-7-5, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. This tumbleweed is made of iron…how cruel the world can be…however those pickles..stored up…speak of a battle still be fought..not lost

  2. I like #3–a good reminder to do my best to keep my cup empty. I am really in awe at how these wonderful gems just seem to flow.

  3. 4 and 5 are my favourites, though I’m sure you will come with some stunners for 11 and 12!!!!!!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      So far “instill” and “emit” have stumped me!

      On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 7:10 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  4. Wow. Powerful, the glass shattering, the crimson strip of muslin, and that lonely tumbleweed, “heralds of despair”.

  5. I like the one about the pickles being summer captured in a quart! Excellent.

  6. As always a lovely collection. I am very fond of the pickle one, mmt.


  7. Each one an unexpected jewel glistening in the sun. Instill my heart with warmth!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      A little chilly in Taos these days, is it?

      On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  8. Oh .. these are all little gems.. but the first one sent shivers down my spine for it’s actuality.

  9. The first one is filled with darkness and what the future might hold. How sad when the tumbleweeds roll down deserted avenues..All have captured a moment and are special in their own way. I’m glad I stopped over.

  10. I don’t blame that seal beneath the pier one bit. How awful to spend your lifetime as the focus of nosey curiosity!!

  11. Wonderful, the way you use one word to inspire each vignette or reflection. I like the way you played on ‘wound’ to incorporate both possible meanings.

  12. So true #3, but oh #5 and those pickles bring some sunshine on a snowy day!

  13. #3 is just perfect 🙂

  14. Instill common sense
    into preserves along with
    the red raspberries

    They will not emit
    loving sensations until
    after curfew rings


  15. you have such a wonderful melange
    toughing on such a variety of emotions

    words that i emit
    can they instill in you
    just two more verses


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I’ll try for those last two words, just for you, JzB!

      On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 7:31 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:



  17. Number 10 is my favorite. Great set.

  18. Each is a gem, a perfect snapshot, capturing fleeting life in such variety…


  19. #2 intrigues, but #4 is definitely me.

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