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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 ~~
a smooth departure—
bathed in early morning light
she lifts her suitcase
~~ 2 ~~
Holding a suitcase
packed with troubles and sorrows
she limps down the street.
~~ 3 ~~
shops lining the street—
she stops to ask one seller
the price of his plums
~~ 4 ~~
in a secret house
made of stones from the river
little nests of mice
~~ 5 ~~
searching for a house
where fiery beings shimmer
in the crevices
~~ 6 ~~
Near the kitchen door
a spray of yellow roses
brightens the cook’s day.
~~ 7 ~~
into the same pot
tossing seeds and stars and stones—
old kitchen magic
~~ 8 ~~
a tiny corner table
the merest squirt of mustard
to spice up her meal
~~ 9 ~~
Light rakes the water
as old men reeling in fish
laugh at their good luck.
~~ 10 ~~
as a dark presence
ready to strike passersby—
the coiled garden hose
~~ 11 ~~
In their narrow cells
the monks begin each morning
with prayers learned by heart.

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #291
More Sunday’s Whirligig #48

Posted on February 28, 2016, in 5-7-5, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I love the sense of coming full circle – the passing of a day there is a sense of purpose in the small rituals and gestures that is comforting and verse seven was definitely my favourite

  2. You have a fabulous talent

  3. Laura Bloomsbury

    so clever! half the fun is seeing how you subtly link these together – e.g. yellow roses and mustard

  4. Darn those suitcases – they can be burdensome at times. There is much one can discover in houses ,,I would like a taste of what is cooking in that pot in 7..I am sure it would be good for the soul.

  5. Sometimes those troubles and sorrows can weigh a person down!
    And…oh the dangers of that coiled garden hose ready to strike!
    Some times a bit of ‘mustard’ in life makes all the difference in the world.

  6. she needed to move on and without those suitcases…sigh…may that spray of yellow roses be found everywhere….nice set…

  7. I hope she find a new joy in those plums… I always try to weave a story through your poem, and somehow I hope she found something with the monks….

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Monks and plums—sounds like a combination filled with possibilities!

      On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 10:11 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  8. These are all so lovely, as always. I especially love the house made of stones from the river, the oldkitchen magic, and the praying monks. Sigh. Loved these.

  9. These are amazing poems, even more so because of the borrowed phrases that begin each one. I re-read with profound enjoyment.

  10. Thanks for each little piece and the two merging and diverging story lines.

  11. It is always fun to visit these little vignettes that paint the scenes so clearly as though we were there.

  12. I like the way these stand alone but also tell a story when put together.

  13. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    As always, a fascinating read, these unexpected little stories you build from the words.

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