Bits and Pieces

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~~ 1 ~~
 
A dispute with stone—
who can understand the tongue
with which granite speaks?
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Save your arguments
with wind and stone and raven
for another day.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Honoring birdsong,
the women at the river
pause between each skirt.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
At war with herself,
she plans the next great battle,
hoping she will win.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
pounding enough maize
to contrive her only meal—
one thin tortilla
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
crack in the window
rain seeping in from the storm—
a thousand questions
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
someone’s lost suitcase
lying beside the freeway
spilling shirts and socks
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
ripening breadfruit
attacked by ravenous birds
shredding twilight’s calm
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
how careful the child
licking the lollipop down
to the stiff white stick
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
parable of grace—
from a tiny mustard seed
a plant oak-tree tall
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
a fathom or two
under the Mississippi—
something sinister

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Posted on April 5, 2015, in 5-7-5, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. What a run of contrasts…and yet all part of the same picture..suitcases are rich pickings for stories…

  2. The lost suitcase beside the freeway sparks a lot of questions!
    I hope the one who battles with herself is able to overcome her own demons…

  3. no. 1 is full of gravity & no. 11 sounds a bit mysterious…nice set as always..

  4. all nicely written

  5. Beautifully executed!
    Happy Easter! 😀

  6. Excellent collection! As for lollipops, kids are far more patient than me – I chew them off the stick.You also took me back to the banks of the Ganges where I remember standing for ages watching the women washing clothes.

  7. 8,9. 10 those are my favourites today
    Happy Easter

    much love…

  8. Your imagination is in fine fettle. And I thank you again for these words, they took me on a journey, both here on your site, and on my own, Love the images you created here. I thought I was walking down a village street, but then found myself speeding down the highway. That suitcase sparks so many thoughts.

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/

  9. Oh how many times I war with myself rarely winning….and I love the lollipop poem too. I wish I had such commitment about many things.

  10. A wonderfully rich collection, as always. I was most struck by the women pausing to enjoy birdsong between each skirt, and the woman whose meal was one thin tortilla. Fantastic imagery, and you manage such a wealth of offerings every week, it blows my doors off. Getting ONE idea is often too much for my tired old brain, LOL.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      So now you are living in a doorless house? 😉

      On Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 9:29 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  11. These are all very good ~ deep meaning in such a few lines. Well done 🙂

  12. haiku 5 and 11 stood out. loves the imagery and story on this one

  13. Each haiku suggests some interesting story, so when we come to the last…I got spooky feelings and 1000 ??? what is there, where nobody can see….very cool contrast images! ~ Good job with words for whirling, ths!

  14. Always a delightful visit to your place.
    I really like #7.

    Thanks for stopping by… the whole series is a mystery… all inspired by prompts 🙂

  15. Brother Ollie

    Nice collection! Keep ’em coming!

  16. No 3 is such a beautiful image.Using the skirt image is just brilliant !

  17. Another great set. Numbers one and three were so strong in my opinion.

  18. I love these. You are so clever with wonderful ideas. I think the one about the crack in the window is my favorite but they are all so good.

  19. Love these. The 5th one reminds me of the Bible story with the woman who only had a tiny bit of oil and flour left, and shared it with the prophet (Elijah? Elisha?…one of the two, I can’t keep them straight) anyway, and then had abundance. Wonderful.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I can’t keep them straight either, but I guess the important part of the story is that sharing even a little results in abundance!

      On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  20. Another wonderful visit to a very creative site.

  21. Yes, granite is hard to understand! Wonderful images you have presented to us again to today in your writing.

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