New Ways

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~~ 1 ~~
bitter memory—
the night he broke her left arm
with a baseball bat
~~ 2 ~~
how an egret stands
on one leg, then the other
at the water’s edge
~~ 3 ~~
father of the bride
taking out his handkerchief
to dab at his eyes
~~ 4 ~~
first month of the year—
trying to find a new way
though she keeps stumbling
~~ 5 ~~
building a new nest—
the mice in the dead man’s shoes
tying up loose ends
~~ 6 ~~
smashing the last plate
in her mother’s collection
to vent her anger
~~ 7 ~~
ordinary rope
tying loose ends together
in a sacred knot
~~ 8 ~~
a brown serape
pulled tight across his shoulders—
old man shivering
~~ 9 ~~
first weeks of the year—
in her trembling hands a rope
to steady her way
~~ 10 ~~
old men playing chess
on a chilly afternoon
fumbling every move
~~ 11 ~~
trying to sort out
the logic of a young crow
that spurns fresh road kill
~~ 12 ~~
with trembling fingers
she tries to untie the wind
tangled in the oak

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on January 17, 2016, in Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Ouch – but also well done her…how much effort it takes to create a new way for ourselves..untie the knots..mend the bones..i love how the verses flip form introspection to the outside world..maybe that is one way to move forward?

  2. I can sense some very powerful & strong emotions in your verse.

  3. As always I see them linked – wonderfully leading to that unforgettable image of trying “to untie the wind caught in the tangle of the oak

  4. Oooh, hard to continue any kind of relationship with someone who breaks your arm with a baseball bat. Near impossible, I think.
    At least the old men get out and socialize as they play chess. Better than sitting in a rocker and sleeping the afternoon away.
    Ordinary rope typing a sacred knot – nice metaphor; Our ordinary lives can become something MUCH more.
    Very nice set once again!

  5. These are all really, really great. The first one it hard. I liked them all, but my favorite is:
    ordinary rope
    tying loose ends together
    in a sacred knot
    (And just why do I insist on having a favorite? It’s silly.)

  6. I love how you go dark with these haiku.. the mice in the old man’s shoe is stunning.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      The world can be a dark place. We ignore the darkness at our own peril. Thanks for stopping by!

      On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. Ouch…that first one really packs a punch!

  8. Some very visceral and poignant reads….Loved #7 and #12 blew me away!

  9. This is a fantastic collection of images. I especially love the egret!

  10. just such an amazing set of images these words bring up !

  11. this began with a very dark situation…I continued on to find more same and some enlightening haikus. Well-done! love it!

  12. Wonderful collection of verses. Excellent mix of haiku and senryu. I like the senryu about the ordinary rope tying up a sacred knot. Just wonderful.

  13. All are a delight to read but my favorite was the tentative loosening of the wind from the oak tree. For the most part mankind is against nature and it is good to see that prejudice reversed in the haiku.

  14. There are many images that will stay with the reader. My favorites were #2, 7 and 12.

  15. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    These things you do with the word prompts are never obvious and always right.

  16. The father of the bride can be just as emotional as the mother. Great haiku set MMT!


  17. an amazing set as always…#3 tugs at the heartstrings…

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