Small Consolations

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~~ 1 ~~
in a field of maize
southward seven miles or more
three marauding crows
~~ 2 ~~
puzzling over why
the brown donkey at daybreak
still sleeps in the straw
~~ 3 ~~
a Kansas farmer
still leaning into the wind
after forty years
~~ 4 ~~
planting a garden
twenty years in the same place—
corn pollen poems
~~ 5 ~~
a famished people
looking to depleted soil
for their daily bread
~~ 6 ~~
a strand of brown hair
the width of a dying breath
caught in the wren’s mouth
~~ 7 ~~
an open Bible
warning of the pestilence
that lurks at noonday
~~ 8 ~~
her longing to be
a mystic on the mountain—
no more scrubbing floors
~~ 9 ~~
her feeble attempts
to stay her wandering feet—
one more trip to Rome
~~ 10 ~~
hollow promises—
tongues clattering empty vows
on their wedding day
~~ 11 ~~
purple rebozo—
trying to ward off the chill
after the bad news
~~ 12 ~~
on the pilgrim way
consolation of ravens
and comfort of stones

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #251
More Sunday’s Whirligig #6

Posted on May 10, 2015, in 5-7-5, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I particularly liked 3, 5 and 12. And 7. I know it’s hard to write haiku that leave an impression but you seem to be very good at it.

  2. so many different shades and particularly the one where “she” wants to ba mystic!

  3. The pilgrim’s consolation.. That image will linger with me… But there are many gems here.

  4. This is absolutely beautiful… agreed with Bjorn.. the image lingers with me as well.. 🙂

  5. Really like #6… the width of a dying

  6. No 6 is stunning. No 10 made me laugh. A lot do not take marriage seriously methinks or in fact anything at all really ! Enjoyed these.

  7. Your flow and choice of words is impeccable.

  8. I love the Kansas farmer still leaning into the wind after 40 years – and – especially – the closing one, with its “consolation of ravens and comfort of stones”. Beautiful.

  9. nice set as always…

  10. I like the way you wrote a separate image poem for each word. Thanks for the words this week. I enjoy reading the different approaches each poet takes with the same words.

  11. Never enough trips to Rome! One more will never do.

  12. such lovely little scenarios…I hope to see the wren soon making a nest.

  13. of hardships and victories..

  14. They all have a fascination but for me “the strand of brown hair..caught in the wrens mouth” was sublime, the poem being softened by not using beak (a harder word) in the third line.

  15. Always enjoyable to read your haiku. The mystic is my favorite.

  16. This grouping with its sharp images, is more thematic than usual, I think, as all of its durations lead to a kind of futility and longing for meaning. The crows have it best at the beginning. Then we all sort of lean into the wind for the comfort of stones. Quite brilliant and despairing!

  17. Brother Ollie

    solid collection fellow teacher!

  18. hypercryptical

    I really like these, a brilliant collection!
    Anna :o]

  19. The brown hair in the wrens mouth suddenly pounced out…i suppose a pilgrims way is never easy and we must take comfort in what we can

  20. Another brilliant set.

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