Strange Fruits

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Each breath-of-a-poem begins with a phrase purloined from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes.

~~ 1 ~~
the first foreign place
offering scissors for sale—
Unter den Linden
~~ 2 ~~
her cotton nightgown
swaying in the morning breeze—
Mexican summer
~~ 3 ~~
pulled out of the sea
ten skirts and other flotsam
from a shattered ship
~~ 4 ~~
trees beside a stone—
hiding among their branches
twenty frightened wrens
~~ 5 ~~
propped in a fig tree
an envelope with pesos
spilling out like leaves
~~ 6 ~~
down a quiet street
carrying chrysanthemums
to the dying man
~~ 7 ~~
trays of candied fruits
tumbling out of suitcases—
night train rumbles on
~~ 8 ~~
sipping orange juice
along with their chocolate cake—
the birthday children
~~ 9 ~~
the kitchen’s black stove
with germs in every crevice
leering at the cook
~~ 10 ~~
behind sunglasses
hiding a raging fever—
Bollywood starlet
~~ 11 ~~
local marmalade—
the sharp tang of orange rind
blunted by sugar
~~ 12 ~~
melon gelato—
savoring the memory
of that afternoon

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #288
More Sunday’s Whirligig #45

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

  1. What I love about your magical imagery is that for every sharp bite there is a sweet relief which follows

  2. Especially liked the second haiku!

  3. Well, I wonder what the backstory is to the 10 skirts as flotsam!

    Orange juice with birthday cake – what a perfect treat.

    Melon gelato – oh, the idea tweaks my taste buds.

    Again, a nice mix here!

  4. luv the last one, can almost taste it. have a good Sunday

    much love…

  5. love the different mood in this set, no 3 is heartbreaking and of course dying to know the starlet’s name in no 10….

  6. behind sunglasses
    hiding a raging fever—
    Bollywood starlet

    This was my favorite among all the sets 🙂 hope you have a lovely week ahead.

  7. I do so enjoy the images and thoughts your verses conjure for me….but that last one brought me to a place of great memory and joy!

  8. Each one wonderfully vivid, as always. The skirts pulled out of the sea reminded me of a time in Tofino when running shoes kept washing up on the shore….after a while a container also floated in……….people were finding single shoes but never a pair together……

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I suppose the people of Tofino who found those shoes should have pretended that they had two left feet! 😉

      On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 10:48 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  9. The third one feels like it mirrors the scenery of a Mediterranean shore… love all your little pearls..

  10. Each one invites the reader to imagine the scene and build on it creating their own story.

  11. such nice collection of haiku. love them all. probably especially the last one.

  12. Haiku numbers 7 and 11 get me well. I enjoyed those of yours. You are so wise and creative. Love it!

  13. Every one a little gem! Any chocolate cake to spare?

    Click here to read my Whirlie!

  14. Each one a bit of story begging the reader to expand it in their own individual fashion.


  15. Sharp and interesting all of them, rumble and tremble in the mouth when speak….fruitful words!

  16. There’s a lot of hiding going on here….in different ways… favorite is the one with germs hiding in every crevice of the black stove. Yikes 😦

  17. You are so good at this.

    3, 6, 7, 11 … Those are my favorites.

  18. What of the wrens doing in the trees in # 4. It is most unfortunate!


  19. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    Indelible images.

  20. Geesh, you are like the ever ready bunny whipping them out… but, of course much more creative 🙂

  21. Beautiful imagery.Nice set.

  22. These are all wonderful but, I think I like 3 and 4 the best.

  23. made me think of Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’.

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