Yearnings

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Weathered window on an old adobe house, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve, Riverside County, California
 


In the reading room
she finds a tiny tendril
curling round one word
and tries to keep the volume
of her growing sorrow low.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
the more I fill it,
the more I have of nothing—
my empty basket—
not even a phrase or two
makes up for what is missing
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
jagged rice stubble—
no place for their lovemaking
in the harvest field
though still their yearning is strong
as sun beating down on stone

 
Tanka and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Posted on February 21, 2016, in 5-7-5-7-7, California, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Ruby Tuesday Too, Santa Rosa Plateau, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Southern California, Sunday's Whirligig, tanka, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. the more I fill it, the more I have of nothing— my empty basket— all of this poem is magical but those lines will sing for quite some time in my head

  2. No comment can convey what you’ve made me feel in reading these. ~And that is one of poetry’s primary jobs: to make us feel. If I am forced to swallow hard after a poem, then I know it’s good. If I feel something shaky in my stomach — an unsettling — then I know I’ve been touched more deeply than I wanted to be touched, and yet, the unsettling is welcomed at the same time. If you can get through my walls and into my hiding places, then you are an exceptional poet, which you clearly are.

  3. the more I fill it,
    the more I have of nothing—
    my empty basket—

    This set was especially moving –
    Beautifully penned 🙂

  4. This poem is pure longing… It made me turn to my mental basket, just to make sure my all is still there.

  5. yes, the yearning is indeed very strong in your tanka, best as ever!

  6. I love “…tries to keep the volume
    of her growing sorrow low…”

  7. Each yearning an amazing description in longing!

  8. The more I fill it, the more I have of nothing. How sad is that?

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Pretty sad…but that’s life for some people…

      On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 8:42 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  9. I think the second one resonates with universal wisdom… a totally awesome first line.

  10. The empty basket, the growing sorrow…..these lines really struck me.

  11. The first one made me gasp. The second pulled me deep inside. The third one let me know there will be another place, another time. Thank you,

    Elizabeth
    https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/the-quiet-rage/

  12. I like the idea that the more you fill the basket the more of nothing it includes. Sometimes I feel that way abut material possessions.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      That’s exactly what I had in mind—material possessions.

      On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 11:43 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  13. Another pleasant and rewarding visit here.

  14. Beautiful all! I imagine them behind that wall and window.

  15. The first one speaks volumes to me. Lovely.

  16. I loved loved loved the last stanza. It is heavy with symbolism. thanks.

  17. Fear not for love will find a way.

  18. Beautiful words to remember. Very lovely with the photo.

  19. The middle one leaves an image of an empty basket…sometimes I feel my basket is empty…

  20. the empty basket means so much here doesn;t it?

  21. the more I fill it,
    the more I have of nothing—
    my empty basket—
    not even a phrase or two
    makes up for what is missing

    Great philosophy of life in these lines
    Its true the more we fill in life the more emptiness we realize

  22. a beautiful set….the second one is a pearl of wisdom…

  23. the second one is both poignant and rhetoric at the same time, how do we fill that basket of life’s yearings

    have a nice week

    much love…

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