Small Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
a coatless woman
shivering under the bridge—
the scent of jasmine
~~ 2 ~~
slices of white bread
arranged on a blue platter—
the homeless shelter
~~ 3 ~~
memo to herself
scribbled on an envelope—
cigarettes and cream
~~ 4 ~~
the roadside barber
clipping shaggy pilgrims’ locks
a penny an inch
~~ 5 ~~
At first light of day
she bows before the mountains
in adoration,
while a dozen cactus wrens
sweep away leftover stars.
~~ 6 ~~
Time to say good-bye
to birds hidden in the bush—
one is in your hand,
one is nestling in your hair,
one is becoming a star.
~~ 7 ~~
It is not yet dawn
and already the old shoes
clamor for a walk,
their wrinkled tongues chattering
of paths they took long ago.
~~ 8 ~~
how the gods play games,
breaking open the bundles
of rye and oat straw,
while the farmer and his wife
take up their lamentations
~~ 9 ~~
breezy autumn day
tattered prayer flags on a fence
flapping crows away—
farmer’s unspoken longings
for a bumper crop of corn
~~ 10 ~~
exhausted pilgrim
thinking of another way
to make this journey
so that her threadbare tunic
will last another six months
~~ 11 ~~
in her small kitchen
a sip or two of cocoa
from a broken cup—
savoring the memories
of more than seventy years
~~ 12 ~~
one more touch of myrrh
to burn the tip of her tongue
with mortality

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #262
More Sunday’s Whirligig #17

Posted on July 26, 2015, in 5-7-5, 5-7-5-7-7, haiku, Sunday's Whirligig, tanka, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. There is desolation in this piece, reminders of life’s hardships and ultimate end – and yet most of all there are overwhelming hints of the beauty that can be found in life’s little things…much to (think) about

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Yes, I’m still (thinking)! 😉

      On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 5:02 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. Such a gorgeous thought provoking piece 😀 loved it!

  3. Oh my goodness – this collection read together (as somehow I always do with yours) spans lifetimes of so many combining as a tapestry of life a reminder as that burn on the tip of the tongue – of mortality and of all that is … now

  4. “leftover stars.” still shine before drowning into light…love the expression….

  5. A Haiku and now a tanka set! This is a new development MMT! Savoring it all for 70 years. That’s a pretty long while! Wonderful set!


  6. An interesting set of poems, little snapshots into life

  7. Such richness of ideas and linguistic sparkles here – dazzling to read. Thank you for such a treat and an inspiring one at that…

  8. Laura Bloomsbury

    what wonderful imagery – a delightful dozen – especially 6 & 7

  9. Loved the set, but the first one the most, MMT 🙂 It was a different sort of picture! Happy week ahead to you.

  10. How can I chose as each one builds and sets up emotion stirring, 5 then 6 then 7 and I am falling deeper….every week your verses are magic and this week they seem to have an added edge of brilliance to go along with the magic!

  11. feels like a wanderer’s observation on life in general here. the details are intertwined with each haiku and tanks

  12. Oh wow, these are fantastic. Especially 5, 6 and 7………#5 especially blew me away……

  13. Could be your best ever. These are all begging to be illustrated. Just stunning !

  14. I loved the thought of the shoes tongues chattering about their next outing.

  15. I like the tanka you used this time. Number seven was great.

  16. #3 is so nostalgic for me… grandma used to scribble notes to herself on the backs of envelopes all the time. After she died it was one of the sweetest things to find these notes around the house, stuffed in between the other things we went through.

  17. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    I think you’ve excelled yourself! I particularly like the one about the old shoes.

  18. 2,3,6, and 7 really got to me.

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