Bread and Broken Dreams

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~~ 1 ~~
tangled old orchard
filling her with fear and dread—
the fruitless plum trees
disguise themselves as women
spilling vowels from their tongues
~~ 2 ~~
first calligraphy
written in the wilderness—
foxes sniff the lines
of a swart poem, wanting
to brush dark things of their own
~~ 3 ~~
In the dusty streets
she stabs the tip of her cane,
dotting her way home—
beside her hobbles a crow,
who imagines it’s her child.
~~ 4 ~~
She hears a drummer,
and then with new clarity,
understands her call:
to live among the poorest,
sharing bread and broken dreams.
~~ 5 ~~
Uncanny vision—
she smothers it with cobbles
lifted from the street,
where dreams run down the gutter
over broken bits of glass.

Tanka © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #267
More Sunday’s Whirligig #22

Posted on August 30, 2015, in 5-7-5-7-7, Sunday's Whirligig, tanka, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Smothering visions with cobbles is the image that stood out for me…i suspect they are a temporary hiding..even stones wear down in time..another collection of magnetic and magical images…each one connected and unique

  2. All five pieces are darker that normal, although I must say No. 4 is the most charitable one.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Darkness seems to be endemic in our world…

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 5:21 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  3. Oh my out of a body of work that I love this may very well be my favorite – !

  4. Bravo once again 🙂

  5. Agreed with Old egg.. it certainly is dark & chilling than the others.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Dark and chilling things seem to slither through our world…

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 6:11 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  6. your swerve into tanka today is quite refreshing
    have a nice Sunday

    much love…

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I’m glad that I could offer refreshment, Gillena!

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 7:44 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. The thought of finding the call to help others is still a blessing for yourself.

  8. We all go through dark times, I suppose. The moon is in a tricky phase at the moment..I thought they were all good.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      The moon is an old trickster, you know?

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 9:11 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  9. These are incredibly vivid. Excellent work.

  10. I love the foxes sniffing the lines…..and “to live among the poorest sharing bread and broken dreams.” So beautiful, and haunting. Love the derailed dreams running down the gutter – all of your images are so vivid.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Vivid, but not always pleasant, I suppose. Thanks, Sherry!

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 10:36 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  11. A darkness lingering over these pieces this week…with incredible imagery especially the fruitless plum trees disguised as women.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Beware the fruitless plum trees! Thanks for your visit.

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 11:35 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. Very precise with these … :

  13. The illustration helped me to link all of your imagery and even fear myself in the place of the woman with the cane, with the revelation, with the crow friend, with the urge to smother the dream rather than answer the call. Maybe those angry trees in Verse #1 were her burning bushes. Powerful images.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Images of power are not always pleasant. Thank you for expressing your appreciation for these.

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 2:31 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  14. I don’t find this dark, so much as real. I identified strongly with each verse especially #3. I recently lost the rubber tip on my wooden cane, so I dot my way home turning heads at the sound. Use my walker now because it is far more quiet and that might be a means of quieting those pesky visions. I wonder if you have been following me with your photo like imagery?


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I assure you that I am not stalking you! 😉

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  15. 4 and 5 are dark as broken dreams bring an image of sadness, but I like that she is willing to share bread with the poorest. Some must follow the beat of a different drum.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      It’s hearing the drumbeat that’s sometimes difficult…

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  16. There is something deep and sad about the lady and the crow, Certainly a different mood from your usual pieces.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Different strokes for different folks, and different moods for different dudes, eh?

      On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 3:23 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  17. wOW! Will come back to read more…

  18. An amazing set, the story is so rich and humbling.

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