Little Things

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~~ 1 ~~
cracking one more tooth
on a piece of hard candy—
her bittersweet tale
~~ 2 ~~
breaking the last plate
in her mother’s collection
to vent her anger
~~ 3 ~~
selecting a brush
one with a broken handle
for her self-portrait
~~ 4 ~~
weight of her secret
driving her down to her knees
in utter despair
~~ 5 ~~
elegant mirror
studded with pearls and rubies—
spider web of cracks
~~ 6 ~~
at the kitchen sink
humming little hymns of praise
for each daily chore
~~ 7 ~~
(Still thinking about how to ravish you!)
~~ 8 ~~
orange marmalade—
licking the last sticky bit
from the silver knife
~~ 9 ~~
the sigh of the spoon
stirring the seventeenth batch
of pancake batter
~~ 10 ~~
stop-and-go traffic
wearing out my Chevy’s brakes
one foot at a time
~~ 11 ~~
fresh load of cement
churning on the truck chugging
toward the building site
~~ 12 ~~
after the frog jumps
another page of haiku
in Basho’s manner

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on April 12, 2015, in 5-7-5, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. oh #12 is surel y my favourite today

    have a lovely Sunday

    much love…

  2. My these are good. There is so much expression and feeling in these that each one could trigger off a whole story!

  3. Each one so thought-provoking. I adore Basho’s frog the most!

  4. I love how you have created images of melancholy and loss in these haiku. I think I see a narrative between the poems, like finding the pattern of a constellation between the different stars. Wonderfully done.

    Ten directions of our wind

  5. Beautiful photo of the desert, exquisite haikus, great compositions !!

  6. Another fun trip through these lines licking sticky marmalade!

  7. 8 sounds a bit dangerous, and as for 7, let me know when you’ve thought of something!

  8. So many good ones here. Ha, I can definitely empathize with the stop and go traffic..and the idea of breaking Mother’s prize plates makes me cringe. All good ones.

  9. The first four or five seem to fit a theme of “OUCH!!” and then all of a sudden it just turns luscious! All of them….wonderful.

  10. The ups and downs of life are beautifully captured here in this set. Although I did complete no 7 for myself by inserting “Not daring to reveal it” as the middle line!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Why don’t you just write the whole thing for me? 😉

      On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 7:04 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  11. lots of breaking and brakes today…good ones 🙂

  12. Life is a bumpy road…maybe the hymns at the sink and sticky marmalade help weather the path…

  13. LOL…no 7 is a hoot! Wicked woman !

  14. Wonderful haiku set MMT! The #4 can become quite a bother!


  15. Whew…I feel exhausted after reading/living thru your haiku today, too evocative…. so for #7 you did well!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      #7, as you can see, is my feeble attempt at humor!

      On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 8:20 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  16. Number seven is almost perfect as is.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      My perfect apology? Ha! 😉

      On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 12:46 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  17. the last ku reminded me of basho’s frog haiku.

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