Travel Tales

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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 ~~
day for gathering
praise in a sturdy backpack—
travel sustenance
~~ 2 ~~
above the doorbell
only a hint of darkness—
first day of summer
~~ 3 ~~
into his pocket
shoving the works of darkness
written on a scrap
~~ 4 ~~
a French pastry shop
on a cobbled city street—
the lure of éclairs
~~ 5 ~~
sesame cookies—
hungry children devour them
Sunday afternoons
~~ 6 ~~
a basket of bread—
giving thanks for seven loaves
baked fresh this morning
~~ 7 ~~
the map in the car
showing a tortuous way
through the wilderness
~~ 8 ~~
going the wrong way
not discerning north from south—
careless traveller
~~ 9 ~~
communion wafers—
seeking counsel on the way
from tasteless morsels
~~ 10 ~~
olives everywhere
but no wine for the thirsty—
traveller’s nightmare
~~ 11 ~~
Massive olive trees—
my enemy chops them down
with his keen-edged axe.
~~ 12 ~~
a full moon ago
traveller fainted at dusk—
on the road again

Haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #292
More Sunday’s Whirligig #49

Posted on March 6, 2016, in 5-7-5, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Well I traveled through with a hunger and a thirst… 🙂

  2. Waiting for that first day of summer.
    To chop down olive trees is an act of sheer meanness!

  3. waiting for that doorbell of spring to ring…food for thought and a drink for the soul…an interesting journey this morning.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Interesting…or convoluted? 😉

      On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 8:20 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


      • interesting as they are linked in a sublime way but each connective. It gave me thoughts to ponder and that is what poetry should be about making us feel and ponder.

  4. the lure of éclairs… that sounds delicious 🙂

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      All things in moderation—even éclairs!

      On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 9:22 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. So many different scenes.. yet that theme of sustenance… I could easily be lured by eclair, but olives without wine sounds bad.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      No olives at all might be worse. Beware the man with axe!

      On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 9:58 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  6. These are very fine travelling poems! I enjoyed them so much. I especially relate to the last one. Smiles.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      You may take them on your next journey, if you wish!

      On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 10:25 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. A genuine journey of the senses. You made me both hungry and thirsty. Those eclairs are calling…


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Oh, I hope you will answer the call! 😉

      On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 12:35 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  8. Haiku #5 did it for me. Sunday afternoon desserts, yes! More of those please. Memories galore! thanks for them!

  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    They are like tiny novels! 🙂

  10. it’s a journey of life it seems with all the whites and blacks…nice set as always….

  11. Journeys always start out so simply – a back pack..and an intention..perhaps part of the joy of them is the unknown bits in the middle…mind you always nice to go home to a good cup of tea and a warm bed rather than another road and a touch of the dizzy’s

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Or a touch of something worse, which I’ve had, and it’s no fun, I say, no fun at all!

      On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 5:23 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. All gems. Well done. !

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