Pains and Pleasures

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a line taken from The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle.

~~ 1 ~~
shaded by mangos
two old men going for broke
telling more tall tales
~~ 2 ~~
fragrant white flowers—
a glint of midday sunlight
sharpening their scent
~~ 3 ~~
hands of the women
lifted in ecstatic praise
to the rising sun
~~ 4 ~~
deep in the forest
where mossy old trees sway—
a whiff of danger
~~ 5 ~~
the ears of a horse
disappearing at sundown—
midwinter madness
~~ 6 ~~
a hat on a stick—
one look and ravenous crows
flee to the next field
~~ 7 ~~
on hidden beaches
the fierce and oppressive hush
of desolation
~~ 8 ~~
the darting of bats
bears witness to succulent
insects in the air
~~ 9 ~~
protected by words
that keep every woe at bay—
two praying women
~~ 10 ~~
chocolate and coffee—
our guilty Sunday pleasures
an hour before Mass

Poems © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on January 24, 2016, in 5-7-5, haiku, poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Verse nine is my favourite and ten my pleasure – i love this landscape of being in all landscapes there is both pain and pleasure perhaps

  2. Lovely set! Especially the one with the chocolate and coffee before Sunday Mass 🙂

  3. Ha, too bad those crows are fooled by a hat on a stick….makes me think of today’s political situation in a way!! So many hats on sticks.
    I do hope those two praying women find comfort in their words…
    Chocolate and coffee can be a treat for any time of the day or night….
    Another nice set here!

  4. You had me at “mangoes”. 😀

    What a wonderful use of all the words. I never thought about crafting haiku out of word lists. I might have to (very respectfully) steal your idea.

  5. I absolutely adore each and every one….I love how you whisper these poems…tease us for more. And how clever to have the first lines from some amazing work by Margarita Engle.

  6. Sherry Blue SKY

    Beautiful and striking images, as always, my friend.

  7. Loved these, especially #7!

  8. These are great. I can relate to each one, in one way or another.

  9. So many images.. but most of all that indulgence in chocolate…

  10. Such a varied landscape of images here – from mangoes to mass. I love the sound #8 makes while being read aloud. #4 and #5 – together quietly ominous. I see the images in black and white like one of those mystical Ingmar Bergman movies. Truly enjoyed all of these and their images.

  11. Love the idea of being protected by words. Enjoyed the entire series,


  12. Naughty, naughty, for coffee and chocolates come after mass. What beautiful imagery in all these haiku.

  13. Haiku’s two and three sound like a good ol’ Sunday morning. Except that here on my end, we have snow. 😦

  14. Loved your small yet intricately woven poems specially this one

    protected by words
    that keep every woe at bay—
    two praying women

  15. Your images are lovely and the feeling behind is deep!

  16. #12 My mother, who lived to 93, ate a piece of chocolate with her coffee every morning. Not a morsel of guilt, however!

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