Tattered Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
discarded boxes
sheltering homeless people
down by the river
~~ 2 ~~
journey into night—
your heart at the beginning
fluttering wildly
~~ 3 ~~
In a perfect world
there would be no mosquitoes,
neither rats nor lice.
~~ 4 ~~
an autumn morning—
walking a misty pathway
wet leaves underfoot
~~ 5 ~~
Everything depends
on rain, a red wheelbarrow
and some white chickens.
~~ 6 ~~
a long journey to
nowhere in particular
and then back again
~~ 7 ~~
Beyond the back fence
a world I have never seen
is waiting for me.
~~ 8 ~~
a short siesta
in the silence of her room—
insomniac’s dream
~~ 9 ~~
coffee for the guests
pouring again and again
until the last drop
~~ 10 ~~
rainy afternoon—
finding a place of refuge
in the library
~~ 11 ~~
finding a table
where we can talk till midnight
nursing our whisky
~~ 12 ~~
summer afternoon
the head of one sunflower
drooping toward the earth

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #259
More Sunday’s Whirligig #14

Posted on July 5, 2015, in 5-7-5, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. This is a very good read. I will take time to ponder it!

  2. Stunning…all of them.. Inspirational for paintings illustrations etc.

  3. A lovely list of haiku … I especially enjoyed numbers 4 and 6.

  4. It is possible that mosquitoes rats and lice will now be writing their own haiku about the getting rid of the ultimate pest and destroyer mankind!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Anything is possible in the world of writing, Old Egg!

      On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 2:57 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. Like clicking through snapshots of a life that could be lonely.

  6. There is a lot going on here! I need to find a table and read it till midnight with a bottle of red!

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Or white. Or brandy. Or…

      On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 4:16 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. The long tattered journey of a day in all its wonderful beauty and mystery – verse 6 particularly sang to me..i think i have been there many times

  8. Loved them all….each in its’ own way.

  9. No mosquitoes, rats, or lice….now that would be perfection.
    Ha, rainy afternoons in the library — I do that with my grandkids oftentimes.
    Journeys always somehow end BACK again.
    Happy Sunday!

  10. no. 10 & 12 my favorite…

  11. 5, 7, 9 favorites, but all your haiku are always spot on.

  12. Laura Bloomsbury

    ditto the above comments but the rain, red wheelbarrow and white chickens did it for me

  13. I like them all…..#7 has a dreamlike quality to it and #10 sounds absolutely divine 🙂

  14. These are all so beautiful…so many glorious images, well captured!! Loved them.

  15. I liked them all, MMT 🙂 but especially the insomniac’s dream. splendid.

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason.

  16. absolutely #12 is my favourite; have a good Sunday

    much love…

  17. Actually without the mosquitoes the birds would suffer.. lice is another matter.. but I can agree that they can represent quite a nuisance

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      But do the mosquitoes have to be so annoying? 😉

      On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  18. I want that perfect world of no mosquitoes!

  19. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    I always enjoy these things you do so cleverly. #5 was a bit cheeky, don’t you think? Positively daring, really, to rewrite such an iconic piece, LOL. (Yet it appears not everyone got the allusion..)

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Yes, it was cheeky, and I don’t think I did a very good job of it—but I tried! (Thanks for catching the allusion. I have always loved that piece by William Carlos Williams.)

      On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 10:00 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  20. Number 11 is tops for me this time. To sit with friends and good whisky is the way to spend the time.

  21. I love that William Carlos Williams is the center here with his red wheelbarrow. Sometimes I think our elegance is only in contrast to the homeless, our sleep only in contrast to insomnia. This is quite a special compilation.

  22. All were very delightful… I do lie the way you think 🙂

  23. oops my “K”
    on my keyboard sticks
    … not l-i-e but -l-i-k-e
    🙂 🙂 🙂

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