Whirling with Alberto

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase taken from “The Lime Orchard Woman” by Alberto Álvaro Ríos .


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
traveling circus—
the man with the kewpie dolls
pushes pins in one
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
At the silliness
of the clown with the red ball
old men are weeping.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
as if by small bones
she could keep the scorpion
from attacking her
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
the way she begins
to bite into her heartbreak
as a ripened plum
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
At the silliness
of an ear that tries to sing,
she begins to laugh.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
She sits and watches
as the blind man stumbles home,
his white cane broken.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
People look at her
as though the witches spawned her
late one Friday night.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
One centimeter
away from resurrection
it all falls apart.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
the edge of a wall
where an old man stands alone
watching plums ripen
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
leading to his house
a trail of broken timbers
branded with hex signs
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
mountains that open
as though spells from long ago
were being broken
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
the moment to breathe
the moment she has hunted
among the house wrens

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 207

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Posted on July 12, 2015, in 5-7-5, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. No. 11 sounds like the end of the world which how the man without his cane in No. 6 must feel. I empathize with him.

  2. I so relate to number 5 because I have tinnitus and my ears try to sing! Also love number 8 and 9.

  3. another decent set – I don’t know how you do it!

  4. Love #7 and 9. And the other ones are very good too.

  5. One centimeter away from resurrection it all falls apart.- oh yes, i both hear and feel this verse

  6. The idea of biting into heartbreak like a ripened plum….such lush imagery.

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