Beginnings and Endings

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~~ 1 ~~
A night with no wind—
the novice lights three candles,
dreading the first gust.
~~ 2 ~~
the sun for a while
hovering over the oaks
then plunging earthward
~~ 3 ~~
a night with no wind—
the sound of gravel shifting
on the garden path
~~ 4 ~~
The whore’s rose perfume—
for a while the prodigal
misses his mother.
~~ 5 ~~
a night with no wind—
grieving the loss of the last
white chrysanthemums
~~ 6 ~~
for a while at dusk
an unexpected longing
for him she once loved
~~ 7 ~~
a night with no wind—
hoping to find a willow
for a resting place
~~ 8 ~~
For a while at dawn
the tavern at the corner
shuts down for cleaning.
~~ 9 ~~
a night with no wind—
the young monk hoping to learn
something from the stars
~~ 10 ~~
treasure for a while—
three golden melon blossoms
melting in the sun
~~ 11 ~~
a night with no wind—
mice rushing through the melons
music in their feet
~~ 12 ~~
for a while the roar
of the melons in the field
startling the farmer

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #252
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Posted on May 17, 2015, in 5-7-5, Basho, Carpe Diem, Sunday Scribblings 2, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. 4 and 6 stood out for me…lovely!

  2. A night with no wind seems to offer up many possibilities ..treasures and melon blossoms..yum..says a certain little lady

  3. Whew, a good thing that the bar can close down for an hour or two. (Smiles.) And, ah, a night with no wind- one can definitely hear everything…even that gravel shifting. A nice set!

  4. This is an absolutely incredible poem 😀 loved these lines:

    for a while at dusk
    an unexpected longing
    for him she once loved

    Beautifully penned.. 🙂

  5. Absolutely stunning….reads to me like one poem…lovely surreal effect. Very very good !

  6. Oh I love the mystery of number 3.. Maybe it’s the incorporation of sound.

  7. So beautiful and like sanan my favourite part are also those lines…………………………

  8. Loved each one….each one sincere, and spoke with its’ own voice.

  9. Lovely, I like the way you kept to a theme, even though each one is complete in itself.

  10. All so beautiful, and then the humorous surprise of the roaring melons. Yay!

  11. Lovely, as always. I love the repetition of “a night with no wind” – and I’m quite partial to the tavern one.

  12. I always love reading your woven tales. Today, I’m a little under the weather so couldn’t follow the dips and turns as much as usual.

  13. I love the line a night with no wind. It has certainly sparked your creativity here. The way you have repeated thecline again and again is really powerful. The haiku read like a sing. I think I will have to check out that prompt too.

  14. Sorry – I meant song not sing

  15. songs of the night.. songs of the lonely. lovely observations 🙂

  16. Really enjoyed reading these with the repetition of a night with no wind. I hope to try to write to the Whirl words as well today.

  17. So much can happen on a night with no wind….

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      And on windy nights too, I suppose! 😉

      On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 3:58 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  18. That prodigal son gets a guilty conscience when reminded of his mother. What a great picture that is!

  19. Such a beautiful writing. I love the music in the feet of the mice. These were so nice I have to keep reading them! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    Wonderful! I think these are your masterpieces (so far).

  21. Great series and it’s really hard to choose just one in a single reading … a post to come back to over and over again to contemplate.

  22. A night with no winds can be most testing to one’s comforts! Truly said MMT!


  23. night is the stage and all perform…nice set as always but no.4 speaks volumes……….

  24. A roaring melon would frighten the heck out of me!

  25. Awesome! (as usual 🙂 )

  26. Lovely all but I’m especially fond of #2!

  27. This set was wonderful the repeating rhythm of the lines they shared really tied them together. #12 made me smile.

  28. Nice setting, spooky ‘the sound of gravel shifting’ and so many mystical and mysterious events happen on ‘a night with no wind’ 🙂

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