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~~ 1 ~~
summer’s first new moon
keeping her awake for hours
in a bed of stars
~~ 2 ~~
first night of the year
her modest white kimono
falling to the floor—
in a separate chamber
soft notes from a bamboo flute
~~ 3 ~~
little hanging lamps
connected to the plum trees
with frayed bungee cords—
asleep beneath the blossoms
a beggar takes his last breath
~~ 4 ~~
drought-stricken pasture
a signal to the horses
that smoke will follow—
even now you can hear them
bickering amongst themselves

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #264
More Sunday’s Whirligig #19


Posted on August 9, 2015, in 5-7-5, haiku, Sunday's Whirligig, tanka, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. A collection of contrasts from simply beautiful to sad, then alarming. Delightful as ever.
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  2. It was all going so well until the last line of ~~3~~!

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  3. Nice set, have a good Sunday

    Much love…

  4. A nice contrast between poignant & beautiful 🙂
    Have a nice weekend.

  5. Oh each one so powerful! I love the “bed of stars” and feel for the beggar and the poor horses in drought-stricken country. Our three dont have a blade of grass on the property this summer. Sigh. They so long for fresh green mouthfuls.

  6. Oh I love these .. the poor beggar really paint a bleak picture…

  7. I love the image of the moon awake with the stars…a lovely combination of verses.

  8. How graphic your word pictures are today. Beauty and sadness in life’s steady flow.

  9. Wonderful image of the horses bickering. And that line about frayed bungee cords is evocative. Nicely done.

  10. I love the thought that even horses bicker…love more the notion of a bed of stars…how the seasons fall upon us..ready or not!

  11. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    As always, enchanting!

  12. Great seasonal set. I like the last best.

  13. There is such a delicacy here to these ones, especially the first two.

  14. I love these poetical lines…wow, now it’s a nice poem grown from haiku/tanka…Bravo!

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