A Poet Is Born

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The first line of each breath-of-a-poem is taken from The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle.

~~ 1 ~~
In some hut of mud
with a floor of dry, tamped dung,
a poet is born.
~~ 2 ~~
inventing verses
that rise and fall with seasons—
the farming poet
~~ 3 ~~
on flimsy paper
writing words that reach thousands
with pathos and light
~~ 4 ~~
A fragrance of words
flows from the child poet’s mouth—
honey on his tongue.
~~ 5 ~~
the whispered daydreams
of corn pushing toward the sun
during tassel time
~~ 6 ~~
a woman running
from the seed about to split
into lightning songs
~~ 7 ~~
The fragrant garden—
she comes each day at twilight
to sip with the bees.
~~ 8 ~~
No one is looking
as she enters the courtyard
to steal a mango.
~~ 9 ~~
after the harvest
every vine stripped of its fruit—
season of waiting
~~ 10 ~~
Count the songs growing
in the tunnel of the mole—
ten thousand or more.
~~ 11 ~~
Even a free bird
cannot sprout another wing
when one is broken.

Poems © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #266
More Sunday’s Whirligig #21

Posted on August 23, 2015, in 5-7-5, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. verses rise and fall
    as corn pushes towards the sun
    seasons of waiting


  2. So true.. with a broken wing.. freedom is not worth so much.

  3. 5 is my favourite. Have a nice Sunday

    Much love…

  4. Your images are each so arresting, vivid and unexpected. I especially loved the last one.

  5. Loved the third stanza 🙂

  6. I love the idea of a farming poet….and I feel like I am sipping with the bees many days in my garden.

  7. Lots of interesting stanzas here…I enjoyed the one about stealing the mango! Smiles.

  8. Poetry is everywhere in our lives no matter how humble or privileged and your haiku so richly demonstrates this.

  9. Intriguing 10…. seems the tunnel of mole going to explode very soon from all these 1000 songs….yay, close my ears….

  10. #1 and #11 move me most today….thoughts of freedom.

  11. beautiful set and as a whole the lines trigger the image of vincent van gogh…

  12. A moving set. I love number nine.

  13. I really like this series you wrote…it read like a wonder-full story of growth!

  14. Ah … reading your wordle haiku is always such a pleasure!

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