Little Ditties

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~~ 1 ~~
leaning on a stone
late into the afternoon—
Thoreau at Walden
~~ 2 ~~
even in the heat
setting a kettle to boil—
daily ritual
~~ 3 ~~
Startled by the cry
of a ripening cherry,
the old man stumbles.
~~ 4 ~~
a place of refuge
where only those dressed in white
find a welcome mat
~~ 5 ~~
everyone singing
a sequence of off-key notes—
the cacophony
~~ 6 ~~
murmuring a prayer
taken from an old straw hat
found in the gutter
~~ 7 ~~
hidden in darkness
a 14-carat gold ring
duller than a stone
~~ 8 ~~
outside the bedroom
something indiscernible
lurking in the dark
~~ 9 ~~
the can full of nails
wrapped round and round with a chain
everything rusting
~~ 10 ~~
after fire and flood
not even a single thought
of starting over
~~ 11 ~~
into the bookshop
one shoe off and one shoe on
for a reading fix
~~ 12 ~~
the other story
about the nifty gadget
no one can invent

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #254
More Sunday’s Whirligig #9


Posted on May 31, 2015, in 5-7-5, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Excellent. This one is my favorite:
    “Startled by the cry
    of a ripening cherry,
    the old man stumbles.”

  2. A collection of nice thoughts.. should we be happy for the gadget not invented?

  3. I like the idea of walking into a bookshop one shoe off one shoe on…I imagine the person desperately seeking sanctuary there from those unsettling nails and rituals…magic!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Remember: You and Alice gave me that shoe—and it was only one!

      On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  4. 8 and 9 are my favorites; such much promise of mystery.

  5. Number 8 sends chills!!

  6. Ha, so true about that kettle boiling. I enjoy my hot cup of tea no matter what the temperature it is outside.

  7. I especially love the startling cry of the ripening cherry.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      It would startle me too! 😉

      On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 12:41 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  8. Loved all of the magical pieces… each holds its own significance..! 😀
    Difficult to pick a favorite.. 😀

    Well penned..!

  9. I love contemplating each of these but the one that struck me this time was the one shoe off, one shoe on….what an image and story there.

  10. all of these made me pause..I think my fav was shoe on and one shoe off…where will the journey go in that library nook once caught up in that magical book…

  11. Lovely Magic… liked them all, esp 3 and 6!

  12. That nifty gadget must be near completion as almost everything is decided for us these days.

  13. Lovely verses all, but the second is the best! 🙂

  14. Another fine reading at a wonderful site!

  15. Oh this is especially nice–uniquely creative. Enjoyed it much.

  16. 10 is engaging. love the thought of it. could be expanded into a full poem

  17. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    You do these so well!

  18. What a nifty collection … 14 carat gold through and through 🙂

  19. Enjoyed, esp. #2 – rituals so hard to brake… and love the dance around bookshop in #11

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