Odd Tales

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~~ 1 ~~
 
How far we have come
from the land of stones and thorns—
how far yet to go!
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
birth pangs at midnight
the poem in my belly
kicking to be free
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
resting for an hour
in the shadows of the pines—
river in her heart
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
morning sacrifice—
how one feather on the shore
appeases the gods
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Even a free bird
cannot sprout another wing
when one is broken.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
dragonfly
singing down the sun
one more time
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
fencepost silhouette
pressed against the western sky
spangled with new stars
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
shadowy walkway—
a beggar without a face
stretching out his hand
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
Red paper lantern—
mistaking it for ripe fruit,
wrens peck at its flesh.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
Near the Buddha’s feet
a lily of the valley
makes itself at home.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
a day-old doughnut
drizzled with powdered sugar
beggar’s evening feast
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
afternoon monsoon—
sinuous lines of lightning
snaking through the sky

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 216

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Posted on September 13, 2015, in 3-5-3, 5-7-5, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This compliments your poem for whirligig perfectly…a moment of pause travelling down lines of thought…the dragonfly sang loudest in this one

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I’m a fan of the dragonfly one myself. Thank you, Jae!

      On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 2:16 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  2. Even a free bird
    cannot sprout another wing
    when one is broken.

    Love # 5. There is a lot of truth in it. When one is down there are expected solutions but getting there one meets lots of obstacles.Things would not be easy!

    Hank

  3. Even a free bird
    cannot sprout another wing
    when one is broken.

    Love the #5. A lot of truth in it. When things don’t seem to be working, recovery is not going to be easy

    Hank

  4. I think you have the advantage of the desert whispering to you as these flow so well from your fingers.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I think you may be right, Old Egg. Thank you.

      On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 4:09 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  5. I love number 5. Wonderful.

  6. The beggar without a face conjured up such a familiar picture on my mind – as did the day old doughnut!
    My Sunday Whirl is called Anguish

  7. Love the dragonfly, it is the Guardian of Dreamtime….and somehow that fits this whole set.

    Elizabeth
    https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/invitation-to-the-dance/

  8. These are all so wonderful, I do not even have a favorite.

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