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~~ 1 ~~
murmuring prayers
that could double as weapons—
a renegade priest
~~ 2 ~~
secrets of the moth
dazzling the shaman’s daughter
in her quest for truth
~~ 3 ~~
Old men in turbans
move with deliberation
toward the temple square.
~~ 4 ~~
deserted mission—
adobe bricks eroding
in the wind and rain
~~ 5 ~~
for seventy years
choking on her resentments
bitter old woman
~~ 6 ~~
a dusty garden
its broken-down gates groaning
with every stray breeze
~~ 7 ~~
the drooping candles
on a chocolate birthday cake—
each forgotten dream
~~ 8 ~~
lighting up her dreams
sparks of remembered gunfire
from Afghanistan
~~ 9 ~~
pared to her essence
by an explosive device—
only stumps for legs
~~ 10 ~~
bits of body parts
left beside the road to rot
where the bomb went off

Poems © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #270
More Sunday’s Whirligig #25

Posted on September 20, 2015, in 5-7-5, Sunday's Whirligig, The Poetry Pantry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. A middle eastern wartime flavor this weeks offering Magical! The Seventy year old woman was probably bitter when young too.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Alas, she probably was, is, and ever shall be! (Now, if I can just find something appropriate to write for “rot”!)

      On Sun, Sep 20, 2015 at 3:57 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. All these battles raging – inside us…around us…about us..the chocolate birthday cake and drooping candles feel quite humble in easily we can regret our time when we are not pressed against a literal battle line

  3. an intriguing set…no. 5 is most appealing….

  4. I can picture the renegade priest…prayers and words can sometimes have dark undertones…from the wrong person. 9 and 10 give a slice of life as we wish it wouldn’t be but unfortunately is all too often.

  5. In #5 you are singing my story…nice collection.

  6. Such vivid imagery, especially of the effects of bombs and land mines. Well done.

  7. This is such a thought provoking read.

  8. Seventy years is a long time to choke on resentments! No wonder she is a bitter old woman 😦

  9. Always enjoy my reading here… actually I look forward to my visit. 🙂

  10. #2 stopped me in my tracks. It is the journey of every poet. Like ZQ, I look forward to my visits here.


  11. Quite a collection of thoughts this week showing the darker and harder side of life. That resentment snuffs out the light and life in us all if we let it.

  12. Hard to choose a favourite. You’ve cooked up an excellent batch. No 1 made me smile…the idea of the renegade priest using prayers as weapons is a novel idea:)

  13. ku’s about religion, politics and life

  14. Oh, oh, oh! You put me in the middle of a market square devastated by a bomb … I see these all there, ALL.

  15. These were amazing number seven made me cry.

  16. #5 reminds me of a few relatives I have known. Rather than change they would rather whine and complain.

    I haven’t gotten to the second mash…busy day. But here’s the first one:
    Rumors; The Sixth Room :Mother’s Closet

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