First Days

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~~ 1 ~~
first days of the year—
something that the neighbor heard
still troubling her dreams
~~ 2 ~~
first days of the year—
weaving infidelity
into her life’s tale
~~ 3 ~~
first days of the year—
a hidden greenness rising
in the oak branches
~~ 4 ~~
first day of the year—
for her missing firstborn son
unstoppable tears
~~ 5 ~~
first day of the year—
wounded bird on the sidewalk
lifting its left wing
~~ 6 ~~
first days of the year—
in the even-numbered hours,
not the odd, a song
~~ 7 ~~
first days of the year—
remembering mosquitoes
and her bitten hands
~~ 8 ~~
first days of the year—
picking at the bullet wound
from six weeks ago
~~ 9 ~~
first days of the year—
playing more digital games
to forget her pain
~~ 10 ~~
first day of the year—
a bow to the fat snowflakes
settling on my sleeve

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #285
More Sunday’s Whirligig #41


Posted on January 10, 2016, in 5-7-5, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. What a ‘complete’ and reflective set of verse..the first days seem very hard..a new year not often bringing bright, shiny new circumstance and yet that snowflake on her sleeve seems like a light in the darkness

  2. there is a deep sense of sadness throughout, yet, the ending note of gratitude is uplifting; a really skillfull crafted haiku sequence

    much love…

  3. wounded bird on the sidewalk
    lifting its left wing… this was the one I liked the most. Great set!

  4. Such a beautifully poignant piece.

  5. For me the first day of the year is the day on which to bury the regrets of the past and start anew. Sadly the same is not for all. Hopefully the fat snowflake is sign.

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  6. You’ve made me reflect on all of the things the first days of the year can bring! Hope the first days of YOUR new year are good ones.

  7. So much flashes before us as we remember the past year and move into those first few days of the new one…..

  8. We tend to notice that the first day of the year is not all the different from the last day of the year… wonderful perspectives here..

  9. Those first days are often difficult. Memory calls to us, while we know we must begin again,


  10. These are very arresting, especially the hidden greenness, the missing son, the wounded bird. I especially love the even numbered hours, not the odd, and a song……..very cool writing.

  11. These remind me, so exquisitely and vividly, of the idea of sonder: “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”

  12. Such evocative images here. For some reason, those lines about a broken bird wing, slowly lifted, linger.

  13. When we get to that point, thank God for the snowflakes and for the deep quiet of grief.

  14. The image of the bird is haunting in #5.

  15. Such a sad group of verses. The lifting of the bird’s wing leaves me almost mourning at the helplessness and probably death. Tears for the lost newborn….I hope your year is much better than the images of this set. Excellent writing but so very very sad.

  16. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    Beautiful and arresting, as always.

  17. i like rosemary’s expression…arresting. i did enjoy the bird lifting its left wing

  18. I’ve always enjoyed your haikus. Keep them coming!

  19. glad you’re back, MMT. ..~ liked the song in 6, felt sorry for bird in 5, and bow to fat snowflakes in 10 sounds like the way to be….smiles

  20. that first day, can lead us forward, back or hold us in the moment… you’ve captured all of these possibilities… a beautiful weave of the whirl.

  21. excellent set of verses! there are so much to be seen and remembered in the first days of the year. some sadness in the verses but the last one is so full of hope. and it is on the first day of the year. 🙂

  22. These are wonderful, thought-provoking, and diverse. Good to be able to look at something from many angles.

  23. Music only on the even hours….

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